Andalusian Horses – Andalusian World Cup

Andalusian Horses

Since the Andalusian World Cup is taking place in Las Vegas this week, (starting today,) I thought it was only right to post some photos of Andalusian Horses, to get in the right state of mind.

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Their beauty, and intelligence captured my heart as a little girl. These photos are taken with an old fashion film (yes!) camera, six years ago, during a visit to a breeding facility in Eastern Spain.

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The photos are not edited. You can see all the mud. It was spring time. Despite the mud, a trained eye can easily see that these horses are really nice horses.

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I’ve never had an Andalusian Horse in my stable. They usually comes with a very high price-tag. I almost bought a 3 year old Lusitano (from Portugal) once. The reason why I didn’t in the end, was that he was a little too desensitized.

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Who knows, maybe my next horse will be a beautiful Andalusian Horse?

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I am very attracted to intelligence, in people, and in animals. These magnificent creatures are extremely intelligent. I’ve spent a lot of time observing them, during some of my childhood summers in Spain.

On another note, have you ever used a film camera? I mean, the kind were you develop the negatives to get your photos? I loved my old Hasselbladh, that my grandma gave me. Probably not the easiest camera to learn with, but I sure loved it.

Looking back at these photos I am getting excited about seeing some pretty horses this week. I am working a full week as well, but I am definitely going to make some time to enjoy the party.

Love,

Ms Zen

Photos my 5year old took today

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Today we had photography on the schedule. If you’ve been following this blog for a while you probably know that I was a teacher, before I was blessed with a daughter, and now I’m her teacher. We let school evolve around her interest, and work in projects, having all the subjects within the frame of the current project. Some projects covers a week, while others can be a month, and sometimes they are even longer. It’s about learning useful skills for life. Making learning fun, and interesting for my daughter is a high priority in my life. We have photography a couple times a week, since she is very interested in photography. (I wonder where she got that from..)

Since we just moved, and also moved our two horses, to live with us, the current project evolves around horsemanship. It’s very easy to involve; history, math, language (we have English, Swedish, and Spanish on our schedule,) art, reading, writing, science, and nature around this subject. We’re having lots of fun!

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I usually give a couple basic instructions in the beginning of every photography class, trying to add some new knowledge (it can be about lighting, framing a picture, or camera techniques.) My daughter is only 5 years old, and a lot of  instructions makes it boring for her, and she looses interest.  Sometimes I decide what we’re going to photograph, sometimes I let her decide. Today she decided. She wanted to photograph Ghost, my young half Arabian. He’s one of my favorite models, so I can definitely understand her desire to photograph him. I agreed to clean him up for her. Naturally he had rolled in mud just minutes before..

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To make it interesting, I asked her to document the process of making a young horse comfortable with a training session. To use a few photos to show different steps, that shows that the horse is OK with what’s going on. We have been talking about different ways of documenting events lately, so this was in line what we had discussed earlier. Even at this young age, having been around horses since before she was born, she knows what to look for! I think the photos in this post, are the five best photos of Ghost, that she took today.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos, I enjoyed them very much when I saw them. It’s a wonderful thing seeing the world through the eyes of your child. Every photography lesson leads to interesting conversations with my daughter, and I learn a little more about what’s truly in her heart, and how she views the world. It’s usually easy to speak your mind about a photo you took. I can highly recommend encouraging your children to document their world with a camera. Thank you for sharing our experience!

How was your day? We had a very comfortable 65 degrees today. I managed to finish fencing in the garden area. Tomorrow we’re planting our seedlings. I can’t wait!

I’ve spent lots of time with my new horse Fancy since I brought her home two days ago. She is a total sweetheart. I knew she was, but she is just wonderful. The more time I spend with her the more I understand about her past, and it have made me cry a couplet times so far. She has scars on her body, and other signs of abuse, that no-one should have to experience. Despite her rough background, she is so eager to become friends. If I open the round pen she comes trotting up, trying to get in. It took her no time at all to understand that the round pen is a pleasurable place, where she gets undivided attention. I like that she figured that out by herself. I LOVE having two horses that competes about being the first one to get a halter on.

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OK, I’m giving you a 6th photo that my daughter took, Fancy watching Ghost and me play in the round pen. You can see her watching through the fence in some of the other photos as well.

I hope you had a wonderful day. My heart is filled with gratitude as this day goes towards its end.

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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Would you like to have a cup of coffee with me this beautiful morning? Any special Easter Weekend plans? My daughter was supposed to spend this week with her dad. She’s been counting down the days since January, when she last saw him. I had my mind set on spending a lot of time working with my horse. That’s partly why I got a saddle for him last week, to be able to stay super busy, and have lots of things to work with (to keep myself distracted.) It’s never easy leaving my daughter with her dad, but this time it didn’t happen. Instead of spending extra time with my horse, I actually spent less time with him (focusing on distracting my daughter from her disappointment.) I’ve still seen him twice a day every day, but we’ve only repeated familiar things, I didn’t introduce anything new. Ghost (my horse) had lots of turn-out time every day this week, and he appreciated the little break. I took the two sunrise photos at the boarding place, earlier this morning.

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Is spring in full bloom in your neck of the woods? It is here! The rain stopped, and we’ve had 75-80 degrees this week. It’s wonderful! Maybe you saw my garden post earlier this week? Where I announced our new place, and future plans.

I am planning on moving Ghost to the new place sometime after April 15. I’m going to do my best to find another horse to be his companion, and that would be a good fit for our family before then. I looked at two this week. They both had potential, but wasn’t the horse. I enjoy the process, but I’m definitely ready to say yes, when I meet the right horse. If it was only me it would be an easy decision, but I am set on finding one that my daughter could enjoy. (I would of said yes to the last horse I looked at yesterday, if I was looking for a horse for me. She would of been fun!) I’d still would like the new horse to be big enough for me, so that I can keep it tuned in, and smooth to ride for my daughter. ..and if her passion for horses would fade, I could still exercise the horse, especially important if the horse is younger. My intention is to offer a forever home, to a horse in need. If occasional guests could enjoy the horse from time to time (read: walk around the property,) it would be a plus, but definitely not necessary. I’m pretty open to breed/age etc, as long as the horse has a sweet disposition, and is suitable for my daughter (within a reasonable future. I don’t mind doing some work to get there.)   

How is the coffee? I think I’m going to have another cup. Would you like a refill? 

Since I am fortunate enough to unexpectedly have my daughter this Easter, I got to dye some eggs yesterday. It was fun! My daughter still beliefs in the Easter Bunny. She thinks that he comes tomorrow, early, before she wakes up, and deliver special eggs with gifts/candy in. I prepared those eggs this morning. LOL. She’s going to like them. Do you celebrate Easter? Any special Easter traditions in your family? I’m going to bake a big ham tonight, and we’re having a special Easter dinner tomorrow, with lots of fixings, and a Swedish Easter cake. 

Happy Easter!

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Love,

Ms Zen