(or request a date that suits your schedule and we will try to accommodate you)
Fee: $250.00 (+$17.95 NM tax)
$100.00 (+$7.00 NM tax) surcharge for private workshops
(See below for more dates that include other locations)
Includes 4 hour morning session, 4 hour late afternoon session, guiding, photo instruction as needed in the field, presentation on wild horse behavior and social dynamics, image review during lunch break, lunch, drinks and snacks.
Free-Roaming Horses & Landscapes of Placitas & Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve
Free-Roaming Horses & Landscapes of Placitas & Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve(or request a date that suits your schedule and we will try to accommodate you)
Fee: $325.00 + $23.00 NM Tax
(Based on a minimum of four participants)
Includes 4 hour morning session, 4 hour late afternoon/early evening session, guiding, permit/location fee, presentation, photo instruction as needed in the field, lunch, drinks and snacks. Transportation is not included, however carpooling will be encouraged.
For the Placitas (only) workshops we will meet at Starbucks in Bernalillo 6:15 – 7 AM (depending on the season) and leave from there to locate the Placitas horses. Late morning (11:00 to 11:30) there will be a break for lunch. If you have a laptop, bring it along so we can review images. We will return to the field about 1:30-3:30 depending on the season. Some easy to moderate hiking may be required and an occasional steep hill to climb.
About the locations:
Placitas Free-Roaming Horses
These horses have roamed the beautiful rolling foothills of the Sandia Mountains on BLM and private land fordecades. Because of their close proximity to civilization, they have become quite approachable. This often provides an opportunity to accompany them on their daily rituals. Sage dotted mesas under the famous New Mexico sky make a dramatic backdrop for these pretty little bands of paints, grays, blacks, bays, roans, and more. This is an excellent opportunity to closely observe and photograph the intimate interaction of family bands. Come join us in trailing the spirited stallions and their harems of mares and youngsters. Wild horses are among New Mexico’s most hidden and special treasures.
Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve
Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve’s summer location is on 1000 acres of rolling grassland in Watrous, NM. Their goals include providing “a wild land reserve for displaced, un-adoptable and rejected wild horses whose only other alternatives would be a lifetime of confinement or perhaps even slaughter. ” There are amazing views from the mesa top and a lush valley with rain-fed ponds where the mustangs come to drink and swim. The ranch and surrounding areas also provide habitat to herds of elk, antelope, coyotes and mountain lions.
For the Placitas/Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve workshop we will meet at Starbucks in Bernalillo 6:15 – 7 AM (depending on the season) and leave from there to locate the Placitas horses. Late morning (10:30 to 11:00) there will be a break for early lunch. If you have a laptop, bring it along so we can review images. Then we drive to the sanctuary in Watrous (takes about 2 hrs.) where we will photograph until dusk. Some easy to moderate hiking may be required.
“I attended a one-day workshop in Placitas. Lynne was overflowing with information about the horses and their behaviors and interactions, and she provided some great pointers to help me improve my photos. Her passion for the horses is contagious and she has opened up a whole new world for me that I never new existed. I am fortunate to live near the area and am looking forward to returning again and again.”
Brad Melton, Photographer
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