Our daughter has a business giving pony rides to children in all its forms – birthday parties, fairs, working with children with learning difficulties, teaching children to ride and look after ponies and the occasional media invitation i.e. Big Brother and pantomimes. The ponies are Shetland ponies and they are so hardy. My photo does not do them justice and the weather did not help. They were muddy and shaggy with their winter coat. Their fields were very slippery!
I came home cold and wet and marvelled at how our daughter, her staff and the ponies survived the cold winter weather. I have sent her 2 hot water bottles, some more cups for hot drinks as the girls were frozen (not the ponies)!
The photo is no better than a snap but I thought I would end up on my bottom if I ventured into the fields, it started to rain and I did not want to get the camera wet and the girls wanted to feed and prepare the ponies for bed and get home to warm up. Be prepared for all eventualities next time or choose a better time, are my learning this time.
Edited image. I am not able to do selective darkening yet but I shall research it and see what I can learn. It does look much better just with the crop and editing the original image again.