@myhorsehaswings: I think some people with animals just automatically call all animals by "he/him" it's natural I guess.
Jill, the lighting is beautiful. Great idea to add it to black background to create more dramatic feel. Some of the "fly aways" on the crest of the mane bug me slightly, but that may be just me. I know it's hard to edit the whispy hairs and whiskers on horses Other than that it's fantastic, thanks for sharing!