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

Weekend Coffee Share – First Time With A Saddle!

Would you like to have some scones to go with your coffee this morning? Or maybe you’d like to go all English, and have some tea instead? I had some coffee earlier, I got up at 5am this morning, and now I’m having tea. My daughter insisted on us making scones for breakfast. I didn’t really have any reason to say no, so I made scones with flaxseed. It’s her favorite. I hope you like them. She ate two big ones, but there’s still plenty left. I must admit that I have a hard time resisting warm scones, and green tea is my favorite beverage to go with scones. However, I did make some fresh coffee, if you’d rather have coffee.

How is your week so far? Still raining here. A perfect day for lots of coffee, and tea.. It’s been a wet week, but it is about to change. Next week we’re having sunshine, in the upper 70’s all week. At least that’s what the weather channel tells me. I can’t wait!

I know I told you a few weeks ago, how I got a really nice older ranch saddle. I measured my horse shortly after, and realize that there is no way it’s going to fit him. He is half Arabian, and more athletic than stocky. Yesterday my daughter and I, made a day trip up to Susanville (in the north easter corner of California,) to pick up a saddle in his size. It’s a brand new Barnsby dressage saddle, never been on a horse. I grew up riding English, and even though 99.9 % of the riders around me ride western, it makes sense to teach my horse what I actually know well. I want Ghost to become a brave, versatile horse, with a solid foundation. We have a lot to work with, before hitting the trail. I got a good deal on a high quality dressage saddle, it made sense to me to get it. One of my riding instructors had one just like this one, and when I conditioned her horse for her, I always picked that saddle (she had many.) I loved riding in it. I believe Ghost’s new saddle is going to be very comfortable for both of us. I also believe that Ghost has the potential to excel in dressage. He is a beautiful mover. Nothing wrong with an endurance horse that knows a little more.

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Naturally I had to let Ghost try his new saddle this morning. He have never had a saddle on his back before. It was his very first time. Ghost is a sensitive horse, that thrives on praise. He got lots of praise, while he checked out the strange thing (the saddle,) I brought to him. I had a halter on him, while gently placing the saddle on his back, but he could choose to leave if he felt uncomfortable, he wasn’t tied up, and I didn’t hold him. I sweet talked him through the process. You usually put the saddle on the horse from the left side (with the cinch/girth resting on top of the saddle,) then you walk around to the right side and take the cinch/girth down from the top of the saddle, so its hanging in a way that you can reach it from the left side, then you walk back to the left side, pick it up, and fasten it. With a trained horse this isn’t a big deal. You don’t even think about it. When you saddle a horse for the very first time, you want the horse to stand still until you fastened the cinch/girth tight enough for the saddle to stay on the horse’s back. When you leave the horse side (to get the cinch/girth,) the horse might move, get scared, bolt, or panic. It’s always a consideration the first time you saddle a horse. Everything went well with Ghost. He is used to me moving around him. My cinch was a little too big for Ghost, and I will need to get a shorter one. The saddle however, the most important (and expensive) thing fit him perfectly. Ghost did wonderful, and we’re not going to have any issues with the tacking up process. He turned his head all the way around, and was very interested in the saddle, and what I was doing. His curiosity is a positive trait, a sign of intelligence. He is constantly thinking about what we’re doing. When he accomplished something once, and completely accepted it, then he knows. It’s been like that with every new thing I’ve introduced. The accepting part, can take different amounts of time. With some new things (like having a rope all over/around) it takes him a few sessions to understand, and accept, but when he is comfortable he lets me know, and then I know that is that. He was comfortable today. I am very, very happy with his progress.

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Your turn! Tell me more about your week! What’s the weather like? Is spring in full bloom? I hope your week is wonderful so far, and that you’re weekend will be filled with happiness and good company.

Love,

Ms Zen