Zenyatta Is Looking Good

Mathea Kelley is our next guest blogger/photographer here at Through the Lens.

BIO: Mathea is originally from New York and a graduate of Cornell University. She loves horses and the Bluegrass state which she now calls home. Part of the Lane’s End Farm photography and video team, Mathea regularly takes photos of foals and broodmares at the farm. Mathea plans to share her Zenyatta sessions with fans right here at ThroughTheLensBlog.com. Special thanks to Zenyatta’s connections and the Lane’s End Farm team for this opportunity.

Winter in Kentucky can be tough; ice, snow, rain, mud, and a few sunny days, make the arrival of warmer weather much anticipated. March came in like a lamb with a few warm sunny days and I was able to spend some time photographing Zenyatta at Lane’s End Farm. The last time I took pictures of Zenyatta it was so cold her whiskers were frozen!!
Zenyatta in Snow
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I am still awed by her physical presence every time I see her; she towers over her pasture mates. Zenyatta is more like the gentle giant than the dominate bully, happy and content to "be a horse" hanging out with her pasture buddies, rolling in the mud and munching on the new shoots of grass.

My visit happened to occur on a day when Zenyatta was getting a special guest later that afternoon. Mrs. Moss was going to stop by, so it was time for a bath and shine. She wasn’t really that muddy, as she had the full spa treatment last week when she went to visit Bernardini. Some of her buddies, especially PQ, looked like they had a lot of fun in the mud!  Zenyatta came in for a dinner of sweetfeed and aloe vera gel at 3 pm. Her stash of peppermints were right by her stall for when she finished her grain.

About 3:30 pm she had a bath in preparation for a special visit.
Thankfully the afternoon sun was warm! Zenyatta didn’t seem too bothered by the bath. Matt Martinez, Guillermo Escalera and Lorna Poole worked quickly, they even got out the Ivory soap to clean her white socks. After her bath it was time for some hand grazing in the sunshine. Charles Campbell and Sarah Campion brought the barn crew some ice cream and everyone took a break for a few minutes. All in a days work. Hope you enjoy my images below. Stay tuned to ThroughTheLensBlog.com for future updates on Zenyatta and her friends at Lane's End Farm. Let me know which image you guys liked the best!
Zenyatta 1
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Zenyatta 2
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Zenyatta 3
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Zenyatta and Friends
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Zenyatta at Lane's End
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Bath Time 1
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Bath Time 2
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Bath Time 3
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Bath Time 5
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