Tricia Booker Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love



“Fascination with horses predated every other single thing I knew. Before I was a mother, before I was a writer, before I knew the facts of life, before I was a schoolgirl, before I learned to read, I wanted a horse.”

This is a quote from one of Jane Smiley’s books, and it’s always stuck with me because it was me.

Last summer I was photographing a local horse show when I noticed this little girl grazing her pony after she’d finished her classes. She was oblivious to anyone around her, and she kept a running commentary going about their day in between giving him hugs. I couldn’t quite hear what she was saying, but I could see the love she had for him, and it went well beyond the ribbons they’d won that day.

She was me a very long time ago, and it was touching to see that even with all of the changes in our world over the past three decades, a love for horses can still rise above all else.



  1. Vicki

    I would name this photo “kindred spirits”.. and this was me also, loving horses from a child although it wasn’t until I was 20 that I got my first horse.

    • That’s an excellent title…the pony seemed just as happy to be with his girl and she was with him. It was a very peaceful encounter, for sure. So glad you were able to get your horse. Waiting so long for such a wish often brings much more appreciation!

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