UPDATE: Final version. Probably. I kept the warm light on Khalim, but the rest cooler. It is winter, after all...KhS El Khalim and Dante savour one of Khalim's rare serene and loving moments.
Dante is the only one Khalim trusts enough to let his guard down with. We don't know what his life was like before we bought him at auction as a 3 year old — we don't know how much of his chronic bad behaviour and rage is genetic, and how much is his early upbringing. You can deeply damage a horse in 3 years, after all. In moments like this, though, Dante is content simply to share in the bond they have forged in the past twelve years, tenuous as it may be, and to feel the stallion's heat and strength calm against his hands.
I need help on two things here —
First off, does anyone have any idea how I could find the ref I used? I have the file saved to my computer, but no names (nothing on the photographer, horse, rider, etc - the rider's a girl with blonde hair in the photo). I want to give the original credit, because this was very closely based on that photo. I'm pretty sure I found it on Tumblr.
Secondly, which version do you like better? The left or the right? Vote here: [link]
Earlier/different versions can be found here: