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

 

Ghost’s New Friend

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I’ve been boarding my horse Ghost (the horse in the background,) at a training facility for the first four months of our budding friendship, to get a good start on our relationship. We just leased a new house (we slept in our new house for the first time this weekend,) with property, and plenty of room for horses. It was finally time to bring Ghost home. I did that earlier last week.

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I’ve spent a lot of time carefully selecting a friend for him. There’s so many things that has to be just right, to make it a good match for everyone – the new horse, Ghost, and our human family situation.

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My hope was to not only find a new family member, but to make a difference in a horse’s life, that really needed a home. It’s easy to just go and buy a horse, but there’s so many out there, good horses, that for different reasons find themselves in bad places. Through the years I’ve fostered around 20 abused horses, that I’ve helped nurtured back into good health, physically and emotionally. This time my intention is to keep the horse for life. Therefor I really needed to make a good decision. I wanted the horse to be gentle enough for my 5 year old daughter to be around, and preferably be able to (eventually) take my weight as well, so that I can work with the horse. (A horse that only has kids riding it, sometimes forgets some of its training/manners.)  

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After looking at several horses, I found the mare in the photos, two weeks ago. After spending some time with her, I purchased her on the spot. My intuition is usually right. Yesterday we brought her home, FTB Fancy Traditions, stable name Fancy. She is a 12 year old, Quarter Horse. Fancy have a solid foundation, but experienced some rough times for a while. I can’t wait to spoil her with attention. She needs to gain some muscle weight, but she has the sweetest personality (and excellent cutting blood.)

Ghost and Fancy hit it off from he start. By looking at the pictures, you would think that they’ve been friends for a log time. In fact they just met for the firs time, ten minutes ago, when I took these. It rained all day yesterday, but I thought you’d like to see some photos anyways. I’ll take some better later. Fancy is gentle enough for my daughter to brush, and ride by herself. We (all of our two, and four legged family,) couldn’t be happier.

I hope your weekend was nothing short but amazing! Have a wonderful new week!

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share

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This week is intense! Do you dare to have coffee with me? Nothing bad happened, on the contrary, it’s been an awesome week. Here, grab a cup, and I’ll tell you all about it. Last week I told you about how I’ve been looking at horses, to find a companion for my horse Ghost (pictured above,) that also would be a great match for our family. I didn’t find one last week, but this week I did! I decided to place an ad on Craigslist, and I got a few replies. My hope was to not only find a new family member, but to make a difference in a horse’s life, that really needed a home. It’s easy to just go and buy a horse, but there’s so many out there, good horses, that for different reasons find themselves in bad places. (I did not write that in the ad! I only wrote that I was looking for a friendly companion horse to my gelding, sound enough for light riding.) Through the years I’ve fostered around 20 abused horses, that I’ve helped nurtured back into good health, physically and emotionally. This time my intention is to keep the horse for life. Therefor I really needed to make a good decision. I wanted the horse to be gentle enough for my 5 year old daughter to be around, and preferably be able to (eventually) take my weight as well, so that I can work with the horse. (A horse that only has kids riding it, sometimes forgets some of its training/manners.)  

A woman emailed me about a mare that she got from a really bad situation, that now was gaining weight, but still needed lots of TLC. Everything she said about the mare, and the pictures she sent, it just felt right. I went to her place to meet her yesterday, and I’ve never met a sweeter horse. Fancy is a 12 year old, registered Quarter Horse, with a great conformation. This is not a backyard bred horse, she has a long line of excellent cutting horses behind her. She does need to gain more muscle weight, and her front hooves needs work. She is broke to ride, and extremely kind. I’m not sure if she ever had her own human caring for, and loving her. By the end of my visit I saw her eyes lit up a little bit. In the beginning, it was almost like she was sleep walking. I’ve seen this before in broodmares, that only been baby (money) making machines. I can’t wait until I see more light in those beautiful eyes. We have lots of love in store for her. Fancy is calm enough for my daughter to groom, and ride. I can already see her brushing Fancy for hours, and braiding her mane and tail. I’m going to let you wait for pictures of her until next weekend. Please keep in mind that the photos of her now is going to be very different, compared to what she will look like by the end of the summer. Her front hooves might give you nightmares. Please remember that her nightmare have ended. She is on the way up. When she first was rescued, she was so emaciated that it was only a question of time before her inner organs was going to give up. She doesn’t look that bad now.

Need some more coffee? I’ll get you a refill. I think I need one myself. Fancy, and Ghost, they haven’t met yet, are coming home next week 🙂 I pounded in a few extra t-post along the fence line, making sure that their new pasture is safe, and ready for their arrival. I’m looking at a round-pen tomorrow. I’m going to need a place to work with them separately. Hopefully it will be in place at their arrival, or shortly after. It is so exciting!! A fellow blogger asked me if I’ve considered starting a Youtube vlog. I have been thinking of one day making short videos of rescue horses, and mustangs I work with. Not as a professional horse trainer, but more what an ordinary person who loves animals, can do for animals in need. I don’t see myself as a horse trainer, I’m just a girl who loves horses, and enjoy spending a lot of time with them. In my case is my stubborn dedication, calm presence, love, and lots of time that is the key.

Is your coffee OK? How is your week? We had sun in the beginning, but it’s raining right now.

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I’m planning my vegetable garden. There will be lots of work for me to do there, as soon as I get the horses settled in. As you can see in the photo of my future garden area above, the area is currently covered in weeds. Below is some photos from the backyard, closer to the house. The vegetable garden is going to be behind the backyard, safe from playing children, and dogs (hopefully.) The horse pasture is next to the garden area, and I will be able to see my horse as I work in the garden 🙂

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Is spring in full bloom at your place? I love April, it’s one of my favorite months here, before we hit the three digit temperatures. Any fun plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear more about your week! 

 

 

Love,

Ms Zen