Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

In response to The Daily Posts Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration.

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I’ve been fascinated by mustangs for a long time. I think they are amazing horses. I’m totally in love with Rebel, the mustang I adopted in December last year. He is my greatest source of inspiration. Now matter how I feel when I open my door, and he greets me with a neigh, I come alive. When I leave him in his pen after spending time with him I feel high. When you become friends with a wild horse, there’s no need for drugs (not that I’ve ever been into drugs.)

As we are becoming closer and closer, I’ve been wanting to have some photos of the two of us together.

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This morning the light was really good, and I asked one of my friends if she could take some pictures of us. I did the settings on my camera, and she kindly took some photos of us (edited by me.) I’m very grateful that she helped me capture this very special time. So this week’s photo challenge is actually a team work 🙂

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Can YOU see what an amazing horse Rebel is? I know everyone’s horse is special, but Rebel…he has a big heart.

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I’ve been starting to look for a saddle that fits both Rebel, and myself. The one in the photos is a borrowed one. I want to get a lightweight, endurance type of saddle. I have only ridden in a western saddle less than five times in my whole life, and I feel very clumsy in them. I understand that they are great, very safe saddles, also made for riding the whole day. It’s just me being used to be closer to the horse. A big part of the experience for me is feeling every muscle move underneath me. I’ve ridden in a lot of treeless saddles, and I could think of getting a treeless again, but it would have to be a good one. Most treeless saddles are not made for riding as much as I want to do. Saddles are tricky. ..and very important. A good saddle can last a lifetime, but then you have to pay (a lot,) or be lucky to find a used one. A good saddle only gets better with the years, and if I find a good used one I’d rather buy a used one of good quality, than a new one in the same price category. It’s interesting how having a horse forces you to learn about a wide range of things, like quality of leather, and craftsmanship. I enjoy it.

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I have been leading my daughter around on Rebel’s back, at a walk almost every day for a couple of weeks. He is very gentle with her. The next step is to take our relationship up in the saddle. He does seek comfort in my presence when he sees me on the ground. When I start riding him he has to stand his own ground, until we developed our communication system with me on his back. He is brave, and I think Rebel and I are ready for our first real ride. What do you think?

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Tomorrow morning at 5.15am the yearly Tevis Cup starts in Truckee (CA.) It’s by many people considered to be the worlds toughest endurance race, 100 miles of extremely rugged terrain, crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The finish line is on Auburn (CA,) and have to be crossed within 24 hours. My goal is that Rebel and I are going to compete in 2017. There’s a long way there, but taking one baby step in the right direction every day, is my plan for getting us there.

I hope you enjoyed these photos 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

/Maria

Disclosure..I’m not a professional horse trainer, I’m just a girl who loves horses. I’m not recommending any training methods. If you attempt to do any of the things in the photos with a wild (or domesticated) horse, there is always a risk involved. Everything you do with your horse is at your own risk.

12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

    • Thank you 🙂 It is a long term commitment indeed. For that reason I like having fewer horses, to be able to give them what they deserve. When I had a lot of them I constantly felt bad for not being able to give each individual enough attention.

      I hope you’re having a great, outdoorsy weekend 🙂

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  1. Enjoy your post and photos. I’ve always loved horses but have never owned one. I did take lessons and entered a few shows and was able to qualify for ribbons, but I don’t get a chance to ride much now, but am always looking at photos and enjoy reading things like your post. 🐎😃

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  2. Du och Rebel har verkligen en speciell och fin relation.
    Man ser att ni tycker om varandra. 🙂
    Det måste vara en intressant process att lära känna en vild häst.
    Kram!

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  3. Reblogged this on Margaretha Montagu's Workshops and commented:
    Today, I would like to introduce you to my friend Maria and her horse Rebel. Rebel and our horse, Leo, has a lot in common and I have learned a lot about how to gentle Leo from Maria. Maria is a phenomenal photographer – I am hoping to convince her to come and visit one day to take pictures of our horses.

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