And here comes P'llar!
Moments before, P'llar was rolling in the snow against the corral fence you see in the background. That fence is farther away than it looks in this photograph, probably more like 75 yards away.
It has been many times over decades of shooting that I have made the mistake of not having the camera prepared for potential action shots. Yes, it is an automatic, digital camera but in this respect, it is no different than a manual exposure film camera with a motor drive, i.e. if I do not have the shutter speed set way up there and exposure setting somewhere in the ballpark, then I have missed the opportunity. And these opportunities for me, are rare and difficult to predict.
This time, I was ready when she bolted for us. Well, at least I had set the shutter speed high enough to freeze her motion. And sure enough, it was just moments after I set the camera to a very high shutter speed (probably something around 1/1600th) that P'llar stood up and broke for us in a full gallop !
When you go back to the gallery of horses you can see the last frame, when she put on the brakes right in front of the camera. P'llar loves people.
I do wish I set the shutter speed about two stops slower, then the hooves might have shown motion while the rest of her would be sharp.....I think. But I had not had the time to set the exposure, and for that, the images were all very dark. But she was discernible, and the good news is if you do miss exposure, you are better off toward the dark side with digital. Some post processing brought the exposure back to where it should be. So it worked.