Then, there is the horse! Not exactly wildlife as you can tell by the picture below. Sugar is actually the name of the mare that was nuzzling inside Jim's jacket. He is a cowboy who has always cared about horses and enjoys raising quality quarter horses in the foundation bloodline. He passed this appreciation down to our daughters and now, a grandson. "Sugar in my Pocket" was one of my first photos taken with a brand new invention, called a digital camera and I've been hooked ever since.
|"Sugar in my Pocket"|
- Throughout the centuries and countries of the world, a horse has been used in peace and in war, was instrumental in exploration and migration and were vital in transport, whether it was to haul people or supplies.
- They were effective as the first mail delivery system known as the pony express and pulled covered wagons in the days of the frontier. These are just a few of the many roles that a horse has played.
- Because a horse is an intuitive type of animal, a more recent role is to help children with emotional and physical disorders in equine therapy.
- There are different breeds of horses and according to their particular strengths, can be trained in the specialized interest of their owner. This could be in the realm of ranch work, rodeo, recreation, show events from cutting horse to dressage and jumping, horse matador and racehorse; all of these and more, which expresses the magic of performance and connection between horse and rider.
For some horse owners, it is almost offensive to call the horse an "animal" since a horse can cross the bridge into the human heart in a deep bond with their owner and they become best pals. Horses and horse lovers are a breed unto themselves. They experience a communication with each other that I appreciate from afar. I say afar since I am much more comfortable with my cat and my camera! And you know, a horse knows that!! Since we have come to this understanding (the horse and me), we get along just fine. I love to photograph these noble animals but I leave the riding to those who enjoy the topside of a saddle, whereas I'd be getting a view from underneath! It would be wonderful to experience that sense of freedom which horse and rider have as they trail ride together or work cows on the range and in corrals, or gallop across fields in sheer delight of speed and power, or experience competition according to chosen event.
|"Alone in a Crowd"|
As I stated before, I am not an equestrian but through the lens of a camera, I can study this magnificent animal and gather some sort of knowledge without a direct hands on. Photographers, generally speaking, look for heart in any given situation to convey a deeper understanding to the viewer. The photo below is one such image, which I call 'Hear My Heart'.
|"Hear My Heart"|
- There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
- Look back at our struggle for freedom... Trace our present day's strength to it's source; And you'll find that man's pathway to glory... Is strewn with the bones of the horse. ~Author Unknown
- Horses lend us the wings we lack. ~Author Unknown
- True unity and willing communication between the horse and me is not something that can be handed to someone, it has be learned, it has to come from the inside of a person and inside of the horse. ~ Tom Dorrance
- A horse doesn't care how much you know, until he knows how much you care..... Pat Parelli
- Horses make a landscape look beautiful. ~ Alice Walker
- Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart in return. ~ Author Unknown
- The horse knows... He knows if you know... He also knows if you don't know... Ray Hunt
I hope you have enjoyed this posting as much as I have in putting it together. For all you horse lovers, you truly understand and live this concept of Horse & Rider; for the rest of us, we can only admire and be a little bit envious of your experience. HAPPY TRAILS until next Monday at The Turn-Up Patch.