you're right, the light wasn't that good. Shooting during the afternoon mostly does not offer good light situations, but as you said, I also like this image. So I thought I could give it a try. Glad to hear form you btw.
Wonderful picture. Great clarity and good composition. I do wonder why the horse chooses to stand in the swamp though. Looks a bit unnatural to me as a "horse girl" - I know they prefer not to get wet if they can avoid it Maybe this horse is just different