Our moving time photographs have always proved popular, so this spring we decided to do a video for a change and wow! We were blown away by the response! So we thought we would write a little blog about the story behind them. Theres not that much to it really. Two of the fields we use for our ponies are actually next door to each other, but the gates into either field are about a quarter of a mile apart. So what we do is call in a couple of helpers, there are usually 4 or 5 of us. Two people stand at either end a stop the traffic while another calls all the ponies to the gate. This is something we have been doing for years so the ponies know exactly where they are going. The ponies trot out of the gates and down the road and are followed by 2 or 3 people. At the other end the other 2 people direct them into their new grazing, not that we really need too! As soon as the gates are shut we thank the cars that we have stopped and they go on their way.
The first time we took a photograph of this was in 2012. I uploaded it to Facebook and it went viral pretty quickly! I think it had somewhere around 5000 likes before I had to delete it because it was stolen worldwide, even big companies (Who I shall not name) were using it to advertise without giving credit to myself (Jodie, the photographer) or my Mum, Lorraine, as the owner of the stud. This is the reason all photographs that we use on social media are watermarked.
In this photograph I have actually edited out Lorraine, and her brother in law John out of the background. We abosutley love this photograph and we have had it printed onto canvas which hangs in our home.
It was quite a while before we decided to do another, infact it was February 2015. The ponies are in their winter coats and the fields had been very muddy so the girls did not look their best. This time there was a truck waiting to pass and he followed behind so I was unable to clean up the background, but this gives you a much better idea of how this works.
This one got around 500 likes so again we were ecstatic. Then earlier this year Durbarry of Ireland shared it to their Facebook page and we were over the moon!
But the biggest shock of all was still to come, the last time we did this, we were moving the ponies home to be sorted into pregnant mares to stay at home for foaling and the fillies to be put in the fresh grazing across the road. But this time we decided to video it! I set the camera up on a tripod to do this, so once the girls got close I could just leave the camera rolling if needs be. This little 36 second video was a massive hit, it currently has 1.6k Likes, 369 Comments, 3212 Shares and has had 235k Views on Facebook! We are still shocked, gobsmacked and over whelmed by the response to this video! So, if you haven't already seen it, here it is!
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