To the Exercise Ring

This past November my family and I went to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which is held on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition every year. My mum likes the Jersey cows, my dad likes the draught horses and the Highland cattle, and I like pretty much everything.

One of my favourite places at the Winter Fair is the Horse Palace, but taking photos there is not easy, because there is so little light inside. The overhead lights are barely adequate and the windows are too small and too far away from the stalls to make much difference. (This was before I had my new Nifty Fifty with its awesome wide apertures, so my options were limited to cranking up the ISO and slowing down my shutter speed as far as I could. It was a real challenge taking photos of moving animals with a shutter speed of only 1/60th of a second!)

I caught this image as the horse and his rider were heading for the exercise ring. They had to go down a long steep ramp to get from the upper floor to the ring on the ground floor, and the horse was very doubtful about it. His rider had to be very patient with him to get him slowly down the ramp. The trust that these creatures have in the humans who look after them is extraordinary.

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