As a kid I grew up with a horse in one of the many stables of the carriage house we lived in ... located a stone throw from the castle of the count of Marnix de St. Aldegonde.
On occasion I got to ride it as taking care of the horse was one of my father's many duties.
My addiction to the Rode Ridder strips followed later by an emphatuation for everything Wild West didn't lessen my admiration for this beautiful animal.
I'll take any opportunity to photograph them and I'm absolutely thrilled by the many books of equine photography that are currently available.
I couldn't resist photographing the wooden horse in the Mingei International Museum in Escondido a couple of weeks ago.
All images were shot through glass windows at night ... only lighting used was the available tungsten light of the museum window display.
Images shot at ISO3200, totally possible on a D3 without noticeable noise.
This camera changed the way I shoot.