Mirror Of The Soul

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I’ve always been fascinated by eyes. Belonging to both two, and four legged friends. They tell us so much. It’s true that some people learn to manipulate this to their advantage, but never animals. Animals live right here, right now. I love their honesty.

A few years back I started to collect my favorite close-up photos of horses, and dogs, with focus on their eyes. My intention was to publish it in a beautiful coffee table book; Mirror Of The Soul.  Well, unfortunately I lost the majority of my collection, due to some poorly protected files, and computer crashes. I could save smaller files of some of my favorites. Maybe in a few years my new photos of captivating animals eyes will be published, who knows? 🙂 For now, the photos in this post are my favorites. I think they speak a million words.

The first photo (above) is a wise, older, Arabian mare. She belonged to my friend Kate. She passed the rainbow bridge a while ago. The first time I met her, I visited my friend to take some family photos for her, and this mare told me, loud and clear, that she was part of this family. Her penetrating eyes were kind, but it was hard to meet her gaze. It was like if she was searching my soul. I had a challenging home life at the moment, I didn’t show that to any of my friends, but I couldn’t fool this mare. She was a confident alpha mare. Her eyes looked into my soul.

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These trusting, beautiful eyes belongs to my German Shepherd Gretchen. She is the most loyal dog one could ask for. When my own ayes are failing, her eyes sees for me. She is 4 years old now.

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These eyes also belongs to a German Shepherd. She never belonged to me, but I worked with her on and off for several years. If you compare her eyes, to Gretchen’s eyes, there is a big difference. This dogs eyes are insecure, and this was not a dog you could trust 100%. She was very insecure, and that means potentially dangerous, when it comes to dogs. Especially one powerful dog as a GSD. You can’t fully trust a dog like this. I come to love this girl very much, but I did not trust her. My dog Gretchen is of working bloodlines. Beautiful in her own way, but this girl came from a long line of show dogs. She was bred for her beauty. She was the most beautiful German Shepherd I ever seen. Physically she was perfect.

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This beautiful eye belongs to a gorgeous rescue horse. An extremely flighty horse. He used to jump the fence when the neighbors car pulled up in their driveway. He had a strong dislike for men in general. I started him under saddle, and I spent a long time befriending him, before I started to ride him.

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I think you can see that these curious eyes belongs to a young horse. In fact a wild mustang. This was the 5th day working with him, and we were able to take a walk outside the ranch he was stabled at. This is how focused he was on me, during our first walk. He was an incredible horse. A master of reading my slightest intent. During this walk, our very first one. I wouldn’t consider him halter broke, since it only was our 5th day together, I had no idea how he would act to things. Maybe it was stupid to take him out on a walk, but I could swear he begged me to. I had him in a rope halter, and a long lead rope, (for more control if I needed.) Halfway into the walk we meet a man. I can see from a distance that this is a man that I don’t particularly like. He lived in a house nearby, and he was always a little too friendly.  This mustang felt that. This early in our relationship. He was walking on my right side, but as we came closer he switched sides, to my left side, placing himself in between me and this man. He reared up when the man came to a distance of around 5 ft from us. Telling him to not approach. I encourage the horse to get down from his hind legs, and I took him over to the other side of the road. The man turns around, and gets back into his house. We continue our walk without further incidents.

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Naturally I have to finish with my favorite horse Trigger. This was after our very first trail ride together. A moment to remember.

I hope you enjoy these Close-Ups. They are a part of this week’s Sunday Stills. Feel free to make your own entry. I would love to see it!

Love,

Ms Zen

2017 Favorites; Ghost

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I sincerely thought that my last post was going to be the one ending 2017. It turned out I was wrong. With only three days left of the year (yesterday,) I found a special horse. Like in the kind of special I’ve been wanting to find for a couple years. These photos might not technically be the best I’ve taken this year, but they are very special to me.

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He is a 3 year old half Arabian, an Arabian-Mustang Cross. It will be interesting to see changes in him as he grows, and get more muscles. He already have a good conformation. He is strong and healthy. Well built for his age, and breed. Several of his relatives are successful endurance horses. I’m going to name him Ghost. He is very likely going to be all white later in life. He is fast. When he’s older, and ready to start his career in endurance racing, you’re not going to be able to see us, until after we crossed the finish line 😉

Ghost have lived his whole life in a pasture, up until now. He his not halter broke. He have never been groomed. He have never had his hooves cleaned, or trimmed.

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I desperately wanted to interact with him in a round-pen, or some kind of smaller, enclosed area. That wasn’t possible. After spending some time in his pasture I felt that we connected. He did let me touch him. He was curious, and friendly, but cautious. After another one and a half hour of hanging out together, he allowed me to put light pressure with my fingers on the majority of his body. He was still cautious, but he did allow me to thoroughly check his back, and legs. I did this without a halter, I was told that he ran in the opposite direction if he saw a halter, so I decided to skip the halter for now. His hooves are in need of a trim, but they are not terrible. They have been naturally trimmed when he’s been running around playing in his pasture.

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I will bring him home next week. There is going to be a lot of firsts in our journey.  I have started several horses under saddle before, including three mustangs (born wild.) I’m not  a horse trainer, just a girl that loves horses very much. I am very excited, and thankful for this new friendship. I’m going to enjoy this journey, and take the time it takes to make things right the first time. I love all aspects of life with horses. What I enjoy the most is the relationship you get with that special horse, that you spend a lot of time with. I just know deep inside of me that Ghost is a special horse. I’m looking forward to getting to know him.

Love,

Ms Zen

PS. Keep your fingers crossed for his safe arrival home. Please. It’s always a little nerv-wrecking transporting an un-handled, un-experienced horse.