- Dec 17, 2020
Holiday Horse Pictures -Michael Troxler
What's a photographer to do on a cold winter night in Central New York? Get creative and do photo studies of grey and chestnut Arabians! First up in this blog series, the Arabian mares, Peaches, Vixen and Rella from Mike's Holiday Horse series from 2013! Sometimes a photography shoot doesn't go as planned and you have to adapt! This is true of any photography, but especially true when the subject is animals. And if you've decided to experiment with holiday horse pictures, and
- Nov 20, 2019
The Story of MK Highlander - Part One-He wasn't always called "The Professor"
MK Highlander+ (Empyrean x KJ Kambara) He was always pushing the limits of good behavior...just a little bit! He is the smartest, fastest thinking horse I've ever trained, and that didn't make him easy. It made him a challenge. But he was so worth it! He taught me a lot! I think every horseman/trainer has a few horses that define them as trainers, and Highlander was one of mine. Very few professional trainers ever get the chance to work the same horse for as long as I did wit
- Nov 5, 2019
Inspiration comes in many forms. It's defined as "the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something", and for me the right piece of music can definitely flip that switch! This morning, Mike put on some music that never fails to bring out the best in me; Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack from the movie Rudy. Something about this music just does it for me. Combine that music with the "Story of Tonka" and I get chills every time! Why? Because, sometimes things happen t
- Sep 22, 2018
GJR Shahanna Khann-One filly's unusual story!
If the beginning of 2020 is a taste of what the rest of the year holds in store, it's going to be full of new adventures! With "our girls" Sharon and Morgan determined to take "their boys" (Hero BF and RA Karwan) to the Scottsdale Show it was time for some creative thinking and it turned out to be the perfect opportunity to pursue another venture we'd been working towards. We'd been looking for the right training barn to approach with the goal of creating coordinated internet
- Sep 14, 2017
Mike Troxler-The Fine Art Side
As if I didn't have enough "irons in the fire" this week, I've decided that it's way beyond time to feature a side of Mike that most people aren't aware of. Many people know him as a fantastic horse trainer. A horseman that is as well versed in starting a colt as exhibiting a show horse, coaching an amateur rider or teaching horsemanship skills to kids that other people might give up on. Someone that can shovel a stall, drive a big rig or stay up til midnight to get all the h
- Sep 10, 2017
How Lisa Lost Her Horse
Recently Facebook brought up a "memory" for me! A picture GJR Double O Seven and Lisa's daughter, not too long after Lisa bought "Bond"-for herself. I don't think it took very much time for Lisa to "lose" Bond, but if you gotta let them go, having them end up making this kind of match with your daugher is the best way to do it! The picture on the left is from this year at the East Coast Championship who where they were Champions in the Sport Horse Under Saddle Walk/Trot 10&U
- Aug 13, 2017
Canadian Nationals Day 1
The Canadian Nationals officially started today in the Westoba Arena. The morning was devoted to trail semi finals and the afternoon and evening with a mix of Showmanship, Reining, Western Horsemanship and Ranch Riding. P&H Horse and Cattle Company is the barn closest to my side of Westoba and their stall display tickled me and I made it one of my first posts of the day. It sounds simplistic, but nice does matter people. Because the morning trail classes were semi finals and
- Aug 8, 2017
Why I have the coolest job at Canadian Nationals
Stalking the Emotional Moment Like any profession, photography—elevated to it’s highest form— is a mix of technical (hard) skills and intangible (soft) skills. The first can be taught. The second is the result of a career’s worth of experiences—years invested learning your subject matter, immersing your self in their environment, and knowing where to be (and when). In my case as an equine photographer and member of the Jeff Janson Photography team, I’ve been lucky enough to b
- May 5, 2017
Tonka-The Other Part of the Story
Tonka's 6 years old today! A couple of days ago I posted The Story of GJR Shahanna Kahn aka Tonka! When I originally created that post, I planned on it being two parts. After I wrote the first part, which was really an intro to the video, I realized there was more. I still needed to write the rest of the story. As cool as breeding and training and showing a National Champion was, the "behind the scenes" part of the story is actually bigger-more exciting-and more important. B
- Oct 15, 2014
Wilson and Peggy
First let me say that I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have told me they are referring to my blogs for help with their at home training! Most of my posts are generated by what I happen to be working on, but I'd like to also share some of the questions I've received. Maybe there's something here that can help others. With her permission, I'm going to share Wilson and Peggy's story! I acquired Wilson in June of 2012 and sold him to Peggy in 2013. Acqu
- Oct 10, 2014
I've been lax on posting new material this week. And there are three reasons! The first is that Mike and I have both been working a lot of horses and still haven't really found a way to to work one and take pictures or video at the same time. The second is that once we get some really nice video, there's processing time to make it ready to post. I've learned that it's not hard to to, but as with horse training, when "rendering" and "uploading"...it takes as long as it take!
- Sep 26, 2014
Friday 26th...Hay Day!!!
Friday wasn't the only day for putting up hay, but it was the first day I tried out my new phone. First point to make...I love my new phone for all the reasons I never thought I would. Because I usually have Mike at my beck and call for photos, I never thought it a "big deal" to have a phone that could take pictures like a camera. And even after seeing what this phone (a Samsung S5 by the way) can do, I can say that Mike's "big camera" does a better job! At least in his hands
- Sep 18, 2014
Storms "Hat Trick"....3 Good Days in a Row!
Let me be clear. Even a bad day with Storm isn't "bad" like some! He's just been pretty good from the very start, and aside from the problems one would naturally expect from a nine year old that's just being introduced to having a real job, he's been super easy so far. That doesn't mean he's perfect! And the best thing is, Storm's no poker player. When he thinks life has become unfair, he just plain has a temper tantrum. Nothing personal, but he's going to "get pissy". So far
- Sep 11, 2014
Moochie's Solo...and my first video editing project!
A rainy day, so perfect to learn a new skill...video editing. Mike has taught me just enough to be dangerous. While this isn't nearly the quality of a "Michael Troxler Multi Media" production...I shot it and edited 95% of it myself! When he got in from the barn today, poor guy had to immediately sit down and review my work, then explain some of the finer points of editing in Premier...like how to zoom in to the work area on my timeline for starters! Then I learned how to do "
- Aug 30, 2014
Storm's day...Good, Naughty and Great!
Good, naughty and great all in one session? Welcome to horse training! If you think there aren't ever any days where they give you some "tude" then you're dreaming! Storm's rebellion for the day? I said "walk forward" (and this happened to be away from the gate) and he (for the first time) said "nope"! So he got a great big swat on his fanny. He's had that before and been a peach, but today, he got his panties in a wad and bucked and kicked out...then he got a REALLY big smac