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We all get itchy from time to time. Horses are covered with coarse hair and they don't bathe very often, so they tend to get itchier than the likes of you and me. What do you do when you get an itch? You scratch it of course. We have hands with convenient fingernails that are ideally suited to the task, but a horse's hooves are not very well adapted to such a delicate and precise activity, so they have to scratch themselves on something else. They think nothing of giving their ample bums a good raking on a barbed-wire fence, leaving themselves unmarked and the fence sagging. Given the close relationship between their species and ours, we often have to double as a scratching post - and a horse weighs half a ton and doesn't know its own strength, of course.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A100
Lens:SAL 75-300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:75mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Got an Itch
Username:davewaine davewaine
Uploaded:31 Aug 2011 - 5:46 AM
Tags:Pets / captive animals
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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54231 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 10:17 AM

What a lovely detailed shot. I'm really enjoying these.
I've not met a horse yet that doesn't like a good scratch, although between the eyes usually sends ours to sleep.
Chris

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 2:26 PM

Well thanks very much Dave !!
I don't think I could look at a barbed wire fence in the same light again.
Perhaps it is not the rust I see on it after all !!
Mick.

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louisemorrisonsty

Brilliant shot Dave. Hope all is well. Will try and catch up with everyone on EPZ in the coming weeks.
Lou (",)

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