Southwest Equine Photographer

Capturing the heart of your horse story.

19 Over 19: Bow

For the past 10 years, Bow has not only been a faithful companion but a patient teacher, guiding numerous riders through the intricacies of horsemanship. K’lee recounts a pivotal moment when she contemplated selling Bow due to life challenges. However, fate intervened, and today, K’lee thanks her lucky stars for the turn of events that allowed Bow to remain an irreplaceable part of her life.

Photograph of a woman wearing jeans and a ruffled red shirt posing with her senior horse.

Bow’s special gift lies in her intuitive understanding of her riders, whether they’re toddlers or seasoned equestrians. She adapts her behavior to ensure the safety and comfort of whoever is in her saddle, a trait that K’lee cherishes as nothing short of extraordinary.

The duo has tackled a myriad of challenges together, from Bow’s initial state of starvation to overcoming behavioral issues after rehabilitation. Through hard work and dedication, K’lee and Bow have forged a bond that goes beyond the saddle, reaching a level of trust that is truly commendable.

Bow’s past is peppered with a variety of equestrian pursuits, including competitive trail riding, gymkhana, and even participating in parades. Today, K’lee and Bow continue to embark on new adventures, with occasional parades and trail rides filling their days.

As a seasoned owner of a senior horse, K’lee shares valuable advice for fellow equestrians: invest in your horse’s well-being early on. From proper farrier care and dental attention to a balanced diet, exercise, and socialization, the key to longevity lies in proactive care. K’lee encourages horse owners to make these investments early, ensuring that their equine companions enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life for years to come.

Bow’s story is not just a tale of triumph over adversity; it’s a celebration of the enduring bond between a rider and their horse, proving that sometimes, the most remarkable journeys are taken in the company of four hooves.

I still have a few openings left for the 19 Over 19 project! If you have a horse 19 years or older and want to tell their story, please apply at the link below.

December 30, 2023

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