Benjamin (Ben) and Black Jack (BJ). BJ was impossible to photograph. She sucked up all available light, and photos of her simply showed a black silhouette. This photo was taken two years prior to Ben's death (1997) and four years prior to BJ's death (2001).
I got another black horse (Bubba) the year before BJ died and a black dog (Nina) two weeks after Ben died. Nina has since died (Dec, 2011), and Bubba is owned by Latigo Ranch.