“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.
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!
The image is endearing, and although sentimental, it works so well for the theme.
Thank you, Sally. It was a special photograph, and I’m glad that I was able to find a suitable place for it in my blog. Sometimes the images I like best never move beyond my own screen.
that is such a beautiful image…wow
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Lovely image and story. 🙂
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Sweet image. I always wanted a horse when I was a kid but living in town it just wasn’t going to happen. I can remember the deep felt heart longing though.
Yes, I recall wanting a horse before I wanted much of anything else, and that feeling has pretty much never subsided!
A girl and her horse. The purest love of all. The moment so perfectly captured Tricia.
So true! Thank you so much, Emily!
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Oh, this is just exquisite!
You have frozen an image in time. The tenderness and sensitivity of the two of them together captures what true love is about. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you, Elliot! I appreciate your thoughts and observations!