I've been meaning to do this for awhile.
It was a nice afternoon, and the hubby was working a split shift so I was able to work toddler-free, for a little while.
Let me preface by saying this: posing rabbits is not easy.
My rabbits aren't wild by any means, but they also don't get handled nearly as much as I'd like.
I know from looking at pictures and diagrams what a properly posed commercial type rabbit is supposed to look like (this is a link that helped me out a lot), but getting them into that position is something I struggled with a little bit.
This is where I really need some rabbit friends nearby. I'm more of a hands on learner.
The light wasn't the best, and I can already see from my pictures where I need to improve my posing skills, but for the sake of education, I will still share my results......
I decided to start with my most easy-going bun, New Zealand buck Ichigo.
He is 8 months old, and weighs 9.5 pounds.
All of the rabbits wanted to flatten their heads on the mat, every time I tried to position them. I guess that's a submissive gesture.
We were temporarily interrupted by a nosy chicken....
Okay, attempt number two:
I'm thinking his hind feet are too far forward, in this one.
It's pretty obvious his feet aren't positioned evenly here, or for the top view, either:
Now for yearling Creme buck, Colbert (9.3 pounds):
He's especially bad to flatten out, so he was a challenge.
I quickly realized that posing a cream colored rabbit on white carpet isn't exactly ideal.
One thing I failed to do was flip the rabbits over and check their hocks. All three bucks were bad to press their hind legs together. I'm not sure if this was an anatomical problem, or just the fact that they weren't thrilled with all the handling.
Again, legs not lined up right.
Even if his legs were posed properly, I think it would still be apparent he is lacking in the loin.
Now for 6 month-old Creme doe, Babette (7.2 lbs):
I think her hind feet are too far forward and front feet too far back, in this one.
A couple of beauty shots, because I love to admire this little doe... :)
Just look at that dewlap! Okay, pose number 2:
It's kind of hard to tell where her feet are in this picture, lol. :)
They always seem to lean one way or another.
Lastly, Turn: 3 years, 8.3 pounds (I determined today he is a little on the thin side, so I will increase his feed, some.)
I ran out of time with him, so I really wasn't able to get a good pose:
He was also the least cooperative. Come on, dude - you're the show rabbit, around here!
So yeah, there is pretty much everything wrong with his leg placement (to be fair, he does remember he's supposed to keep his ears up). It was about this time that I needed to resume my mothering role, so I left it at that.
Alright, my rabbit savvy friends! Tips? Critiques?
Obviously my lapine posing skills could use some work. I am open to all suggestions!