Adopting a Mustang

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On my 35th birthday in Dec 2014, I filed an adoption application for a lovely 3year old mustang. I have been quite obsessed with mustangs for a long time, but never been able to adopt one before. It was like my birthday gift to myself.

While I was taking photos at Wynema Ranch Wild Horse Sanctuary a couple weeks before my birthday, I fell head over heal in love with a Virginia Range Mustang, (The Virginia Range is located outside Reno.)

If you followed my blog for a while you might of followed our progress, and also the amazing color changes he had. When I got him he was brown, this spring he was almost silver in color, and now he is darker again. Rebel is a bay roan, and sometimes they have spectacular color changes, like the ones he had. I took these photos yesterday. He is in full summer coat now.

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I gave Rebel his first bath yesterday. My plan was to introduce the water hose, and splash a little bit of water on his leg and chest. The hose can be very scary for a horse, as it looks almost like a snake.

We’ve been practicing ground-tying lately. It’s when you place the horse somewhere, and ask him to stay, standing still with all four hooves. At first you start on a quite, “safe” place, for a few seconds. When your horse can do that easily, you ask for more time, eventually you can ask him to stand still on more challenging places, with a lot of activity. It can be very useful to have a horse that master the art of ground tying. For example if you’re out riding with your friends, and decide to take a break and enjoy the beautiful view…or maybe take some pictures…lol..

I asked Rebel to stand still, and showed him the water hose. He stood still, and I directed the water towards his legs, he stood still. I looked at him, and realized that he really enjoyed it. I breathed slow, and deep, to show him that this is OK. He is very sensitive to my energy. Since he enjoyed himself I did a little more, and a little more, until the inside of his ears were the only part that wasn’t wet. He loved it!! It might of helped that it was 93 degrees yesterday 🙂

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Good thing the purpose with yesterday’s bath wasn’t to make him shine for a show. It was just to get him used to being hosed of with water, as a part of his training towards becoming a safe, brave riding horse. Since he did so good with the bath, I let him enjoy a few minutes of fun in the sand, before taking him back to his pen. He thoroughly enjoyed himself 🙂

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Photos available as Fine Art Prints in my gallery MariaJanssonPhotography.com. The photos are organized after genre, look under the gallery “Adopting a Mustang”.
50% of the proceeds of any photo of a mustang in my gallery goes towards non-profits that supports our wild horses. 

I hope that you’re having a great weekend!!

/Maria

Blue Eyed Colt

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A model in the making! Somebody obviously knows that he is very handsome!

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Who can resist that look?

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A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education. – Smiley Blanton

This beautiful Paint Horse colt lives at a ranch in Yerington, Nevada.

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Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.

– James Stephens, The Crock of Gold

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Meeting horses like this cutie on a daily basis I can totally understand the saying; Horses are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.. (I only have one horse now, and I am going to try hard to keep it that way…lol..at least for now.)

Have a great day!

/Maria

Wild Child – Expressive Outdoor Portraits

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I have to admit that I am a little allergic to working in a studio, and shooting “perfect portraits” of people in extremely clean clothes, and (sometimes) fake smiles…Good thing I can choose to not do that, because I LOVE shooting portraits outdoors. If there’s children, or animals involved, I love playing with them, and press the shutter button when they least expect it. That’s something I am very passionate about. Maybe it’s the child in me that loves playing so much?

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I took these photos yesterday when my daughter and I was exploring the high desert in Lyon County, Nevada.

Exploring is one of our favorite things to do together. It is exciting to see the world through the eyes of a child. Especially now that my daughter talks all the time. I usually take advantage of our one and one time by speaking Swedish to her. I would like her to be able to speak well both in English, and Swedish. While doing fun stuff together, learning new words feels less like hard work, and more like a fun game.

I hope YOU are having a great day today!

/Maria

Bodie

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I’ve been editing some more photos from my trip to Bodie a couple weeks ago. I thought I’d share a few of them. If you want to see more, visit my gallery MariaJanssonPhotography.com.
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Bodie is an old ”Ghost Town”, from the mining days in the late 1800’s. In 1880, about 10 000 people lived there. Their lives circled around gold mining, and the big mill. It was a WILD town, there’s tons of stories to read on the internet (haunted houses, ghosts, prostitutes, saloons, shoot outs, family stories, mining stories…) google ”Bodie + California + Stories”. Nowadays it’s a well maintained historic park.
 
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I hope you enjoyed this little trip back to the Wild West 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
/Maria

Virginia Range Mustangs 2

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I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post about the Virginia Range Mustangs. I thought I’d share some more photos of these extraordinary horses.

A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence. – Pam Brown

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Herds from different (herd management) areas, have trademarks that are unique for that particular area. The Virginia Range Mustang is suppose to be very intelligent, friendly, and level headed (in general.) Of course it vary between individuals, but the ones that I’ve met (around 200,) have lived up to that rumor.

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If you are fearful, a horse will back off. If you are calm and confident, it will come forward. For those who are often flattered or feared, the horse can be a welcome mirror of the best in human nature. – Clare Balding

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I call horses ‘divine mirrors’ – they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that. – Allan Hamilton

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I hope YOU have a wonderful weekend!

/Maria