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These two Appaloosa mares had just met and took an instant liking to one another, so they put their foreheads together to exchange breath for half a minute. It's the horsey way to take in another's scent deeply to imprint them. Sometimes they huff then back away and squeal which means they don't really like the other animal or are trying to establish dominance, but in this case they just stood and breathed normally. That means “you're okay in my book” in horse, so it was a rather friendly meeting.<br />
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The mare on the left is the very beautiful Belle with a very unusual appearance. Her hair is off white with brown spots, and the skin underneath is actually mottled with blue spots that show through. I've never seen another horse with her striking looks, but you have to like Appaloosas to begin with.<br />
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The mare on the right is Princess the Wonder Horse who is likely the best lesson horse in history. She has taught dozens of kids how to ride with her even, steady temperament and very willing kind personality. Nature blessed her in that way, but not so much in looks as she is one of the most homely horses you'll ever see.<br />
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The rest of the story: we had several horses in a small paddock to photograph and I was facing right shooting another pair off to the right of this frame. Belle and Princess were standing beside me at arm's length and when I just happened to look left, there they were like this. A quick turn and a spin of the zoom lens is all it took to create this image, along with a little luck.<br />
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