I was standing on the side of the road taking pictures of a pasture full of horses when a battered pickup came along and stopped beside me. The driver was a lady who gave me a suspicious look and demanded to know why I was taking the photos .
I explained how I thought the horses were fine-looking animals, and I was shooting reference photos for some paintings I planned to do. She questioned me a little further to make certain of my intentions. I told her how I loved horses and was especially attracted to Appaloosas with their spotted hides. We chatted a few more minutes and she asked if I was interested in buying one of her ponies. I probably could have purchased one for a good price. The rotten economy makes it difficult for horse owners too.