Monday, August 13, 2012

upward over the mountain!

One of the best feelings in the world is being on the back of a horse you love as he canters up a hill. Here's a bit of a far shot, taken by Jon Katz when he stopped by earlier this morning. I'll post more later from the shoot, but I just wanted to share this bit of joy before I head out to do my evening chores. A girl and her horse, what a thing to behold!

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious but is that a solid road or is it a dirt road. If it's a regular paved road it's not good to canter on them or you might do some damage to your horse's joints or worse your horse could slip and fall with you along.

August 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Thanks for sharin' the joy, farmer!

August 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thanks Daisy, happy to!

August 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger feathers217 said...

I am so glad to see you in your true world ! Jon has made my day with the photos of you & Merlin. You are always behind the camera so it's wonderful of Jon to take these beautiful shots.

August 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Howdy there gal, this is a wonderful foto of one HAPPY girl and her handsome steed!! The joy of this moment is contagious - giddyup Merlin, you go Jenna! Can't wait to see the next fotos.... happy trails friend, Donna, 1/2 of'new' future bee keepers...

August 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

You both look wonderful. Merlin seems to be adapting to CAF (and you) very, very well.

Happy radiates from both of you. Nice to see he quit giving you are hard time.

August 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

I have a memory of how great that felt, and I experience it all over when I see the joy in your face in that photo! Thanks, Jenna!

August 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

Yeah, I just had to say that you look so genuinely happy in those photos. Way to go Jenna. I think that right there is worth whatever he cost you in dollars, time, effort, frustration, whatever. I remember the big stink that was made over getting him/not getting him - I'm glad you go him. It is obvious you two belong together.

August 13, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Looks like a good time!!

August 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

I second the first comment, a solid road is only good for walking, please no trotting or cantering, is is too strenous for the joints.

August 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Folks concerned about the road: we do not run on paved roads often, we did it on a short stretch so Jon could get the picture of us together.

I run a mile up that paved road every day, probably not great for my joints either but I still like running!

August 14, 2012 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

someone asked me if I am yanking back his head in the photo, of which I am not. The reins are gathered but loose, so is the bit. The photo is dark around his mouth and taken from the top of a hill looking down to appear more dramatic and the second photo of me sitting on him was taken while backing him up for the camera, as Jon asked me to do so I am pulling back there, but it lasted about 3 horse steps!



August 14, 2012 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Deltaville Jamie said...

There is nothing better than cantering up a hill. It's something I've missed in the years since my first horse died (he was an ex-racer and loved to gallop up hills). My current horse, as I've mentioned before, has a canter much like Pepe le Pew and it isn't the most comfortable feeling bouncing uphill ;) Great photos!

August 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM  
Anonymous janet gordon said...

Jenna: I know that the various safety helmets worn by western riders look odd, but the protection is absolutely essential - please please use one - horses may be dead calm and also, being unpredictable creatures may suddenly spook, leaving you open to massive and long lasting head injury if you are not protected.

August 14, 2012 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger farmhousewife said...

I love the initial change of gait, that first leap, where you have to re-seat yourself and in leaning forward, that closeness and power are like nothing else in the world. Or the universe.

August 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Pistachio said...

A girl and her horse can be only understood by other girls! How I miss my horse. I had him from the age of 11 until he died when I was in my early 20's. I still think of him til' this day and between you and me, I think he was the love of my life! ;)

August 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Yehaw Cowgirl! You look like a natural! Beautiful photos too.

Christine

August 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Mary Schroeder said...

Look like you guys are having a blast - keep at it.

August 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
OpenID peihome said...

Wow, what a beautiful place to ride and jog.

August 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM  

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