horse in winter field, taken by Anett Mindermann

 horse in winter field, taken by Anett MindermannI’d been watching the weather forecast like a hawk, hoping for a huge snowfall to happen that would last for a few days so I could get some nice winter photos taken. But what I ended up with, was much more than I could have ever imagined!

Read more: Winter Horse Care from The American Quarter Horse Journal

We were expecting probably the biggest snowstorm of the season for the Sierras with periods of very heavy snowfall expected with wind gusts up to 55 mph.  I was dancing in circles in my living room watching the weather forecast with a big smile and was hoping for exactly that.

 horse in winter field, taken by Anett Mindermann

That morning couldn’t have come fast enough! I looked through my frosted windows with excitement to see that everything looked just like a Winter Wonderland, along with freezing temperatures and some serious winds. I headed to Franktown Meadows Equestrian Center located in Washoe Valley, Nevada, hoping they got hit with even more snow.

 horse in winter field, taken by Anett Mindermann

The pastures are several acres big located in a huge valley in the middle of nowhere! I hardly got out of the car and my fingers were icicles. Most of the horses were tucked in under the shed and gave me justifiably strange looks. As I entered the pasture, they all came up to greet me. I continued out to the pasture to get some distance between the horses and me. My idea was simply to watch them and see what they might do in that snow storm.

There, I met Allison and her horse Kjartan. She loved my images from the day so much that she asked me to come back for a winter photo shoot.

 horse in winter field, taken by Anett Mindermann

Two days later, I could not have asked for better weather! The snow was thick, fluffy and as white as it could get, illuminated by a big sun in a clear blue sky with the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in the background. This scenery was beyond stunning and simply indescribable.

So stunning, in fact, that Allison and Kjartan grace the cover of the winter 2018 issue of LAND.

 horse in winter field, taken by Anett Mindermann

Equestrian Lifestyle Photography by Anett Mindermann

Anett Mindermann is a passionate equine photographer who uses the natural light to her advantage to create a unique and special mood in her images. Her horse portraits are authentic and natural, reflecting the true bond between human and horse which is inspiring to many others. Besides private photo sessions, she also offers branding images for social media and websites for all equine-related businesses. Her high quality stock photo library is available for all media and horse publications. Anett is a Pro Member of the EPNet Equine Photographers Network and the American Horse Publications. She recently moved to Charleston, West Virginia and is now available for equine photoshoots and photography.

 

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