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Epic horse

By paul_indigo  
I had the pleasure of photographing this epic animal the Heavy Horse, or Brabant; a horse breed that comes from the West-Brabantian region of Belgium.

They are one of the strongest of the heavy breeds. The world's largest horse was a Brabant named Brooklyn Supreme, who weighed 3,200 pounds, and stood at 19.2 hands. On average the Brabant will grow to be slightly over 1 ton or 2,000 pounds. Colors normally are a blond with a brighter mane, or a sorrel/ chestnut coloring.

In history their main use was to work farms. They are able to pull tremendous amounts of weight-up to over 4,500 pounds for a pair.

I hope I've done him justice. This was taken on a stud farm in West Flanders, Belgium.

Tags: Photo journalism Horse Belgium Black and white Flanders Pets and captive animals Brabant

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User_Removed 15 39 6 Scotland
17 May 2010 6:27PM
What a beautiful creature, pure magisty here Paul Smile

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rach_h 8 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 6:40PM
Think it works really well in mono this Smile Got a nice glow behind it.
Murfyzmum 8 1 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 6:45PM
This is beautiful!
Incredible animal and well captured. Thanks for the narrative too!
A good mono capture with good dof, and the overcast sky adds to the picture too.

Jo12 7 England
17 May 2010 6:51PM
Brilliant shot!
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
17 May 2010 6:51PM
Stunning mono shot,very well taken.
Jalapeno 8 127 2 Iceland
17 May 2010 6:55PM have captured strength here for sure!! good job.
astyag 10 12
17 May 2010 7:00PM
I do agree with VictorHabbick, indeed a beautiful creature and so well presented, well done
andymark 8 1 England
17 May 2010 7:36PM
and amzaing shot great work
17 May 2010 8:03PM
what a great animal well composed and captured love it
Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
17 May 2010 8:06PM
wonderful image Paul, just one niggle. There is nothing to give the image any scale, so its hard to feel the size of the horse to match the text.

I hope that makes sense, lol

Perfect processing, lovely mono, no complaints at all there.

paul_indigo 14 259 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 8:19PM
Thanks everyone. Anthony, I hope the bits of straw and the churned mud plus the low angle give a sense of scale.
Anthony 16 5.6k 17 Scotland
17 May 2010 8:21PM
now you mention it, the straw has exactly that effect Paul, cant work out how I missed that. Sorry


17 May 2010 9:09PM
Cracking capture and the mono treatment really accentuates the horse detail. Chaz.
KathyW 14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
18 May 2010 8:33PM
That's a very impressive animal and a superb photograph. As far as I'm concerned the image does have a sense of scale but maybe you need a little knowledge of horses to appreciate just how powerful he is?
ovi 14 11 1 Romania
21 May 2010 10:12PM
Excellent, Paul! Its posing does remind me of the legendary Trojan horse somehow Wink.
Best regads and congrats on HC award.

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