Peruca, Splitsko-Dalmatinska, Croatia
This image was shot in Croatia, on day two of a weeklong ride beginning in Sinj and culminating at Krka National Park. During this week, Croatia was in the grip of a heatwave aptly nicknamed Lucifer, experiencing temperatures up to 43C. Before taking this image we had spent four hours in the saddle, and even with frequent river stops for the horses (and me) to drink and splash, we were pretty tired of the heat. Our day’s ride ended at Peruća Lake, with bare feet and iron shod hooves bounding into the water with relief. Once the horses had drank their fill and cooled down in the water, they were turned out for the night on the grass, seen here in the background. We then spent a good three hours swimming, floating, sun soaking and reading, before driving to Sinj for our eagerly anticipated food and sleep.