Peanut is one of the many saddle horses we have on the ranch, but hasn't been ridden in a year. He is a bay Quarter Horse gelding, approximately 8 or 9 years old. He got tangled in a barbed wire fence and was down with no means to stand; we had to cut him out. He was down for anywhere from 12-24 hours and the only physical damage was a cut on his off hidn leg (which is now infected poor fella). But being down the long does seriously traumatizes a horse. The first picture was taken before the meds kicked in. (He has recently been dosed with Bute, Banamine, Dexamethazone, and Penicillin, not to mention Proud Flesh applied to the wound, basically Nitro-Furizone with steroids.) I think you can really see it in his eyes, just how scared he was and all; his flanks trembled with each breath. The second, after the Bute kicked in and I had groomed out his mane and tail (which looked like they hadn't been groomed in years). His eye is much brighter here. I tried to get some good full body pics, but he bonded with me, being alone in the pens and scared like that, and kept following me. He also would hardly stay still, so forgive me for a not-so-attractive background, these were the best shots I could get. I do wish there was a bit more depth of field paticularly in the second pic. Peanut was never really given a chance to learn or understand a human, just like every other horse on this ranch was condemned to 'obey' a human, and not given a chance to understand. The reason I've written this much, is I believe the story behind the picture truly makes a difference. I may be the only one here who thinks so, but I honestly believe these pictures portray a horse's pure heart that reflect though his eyes; trust, loyalty and innocence.