Posts Tagged ‘horses’

Wherever the neighborhood where we currently live, my neighborhood of heart is here in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. I was fortunate enough to visit for three weeks this summer.

The neighborhood.

Some of the neighbors.

for Lens-Artists Challenge #123 – Found in the Neighborhood

Tired Tuesday

Posted: September 1, 2020 in Animals
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Horses don’t actually sleep standing up, but they doze a lot in that position. Try that without falling over! But a horse can easily due to something you don’t have.

But how can a horse snooze while standing? Horses have a unique anatomical mechanism in their hind legs called the stay apparatus. This allows a horse’s knee cap to pop out of place and lock the hind limb in a standing position. Although it sounds painful, in horses, it’s no problem at all. When dozing while standing, this stay apparatus will lock in place in only one hind leg; the other hind limb will be relaxed. Often, the horse appears to be leaning on one hip. The Spruce Pets

When a horse is in that position, we say it’s hip shot.

Sometimes, though, you just have to take a rest, even in the middle of the corral.

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir, The Mountains of California

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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for One Word Sunday

I’ve loved horses all my life. This is the first photo of me on a horse, a pony really,  brought house-to-house by someone when we lived in Omaha, Nebraska to see if people wanted to have their children’s pictures taken on it. I don’t recall it at all, but I know that I was filled with joy and I’ve felt that joy when with a horse ever since.  How much more exciting than sitting in a studio for a candid shot!

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Lying on the floor with your face in your food is NOT an eating style approved of by Miss Manners.  But if you’re a horse, why not relax and enjoy your food at close range?  Ahh, life is good!

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​Ok, the sun’s out. Let’s go for a ride. I’ll ride Lacy and I’ll put you on Cookie. She’s a sweetheart, goes well (and smoothly), and won’t do anything crazy. I’ll give you tips as we go, but if we’re in front, you’ll be fine. Horses always like to be the second or third in line. That way, if any monsters come, they’ll get the first horse and give the others time to get away. 🙂 Anyway, there are so many places to go that are difficult to get to otherwise, unless you have a four-wheel drive vehicle and walk after you can’t drive any farther.  Yes, I know the video appears to be sideways (for some unknown reason), but when you click on the arrow, it will show correctly.  Mine is not to wonder why.​

(Just changed my post title so I can join Six-Word Saturday. Glad you could come along for the ride.)

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​In the mid-seventies when my dad came home one day talking about an opportunity to buy a cabin in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, I heard the words “mountains” and “horses” together. That’s all I needed to know. My vote was “Yes.”

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Do you ride?  If not, don’t worry.  Among the almost 50 horses are plenty of gentle ones and I can give you pointers.  We ride Western, with cowboy-style saddles, and up here, we can ride for miles and miles, usually without encountering another person or rider. Western saddles are built for comfort and riding long distances and the saddle horn, used by cowboys to tie one end of a rope is great for holding on to if needed. Just remember the rule:  if you go through a gate that’s open, leave it open.  If it was closed, close it.  There are cattle in some places and letting them out from where they should be and into where they shouldn’t is a big no-no.

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Week 39?  Seriously?  That means only 13 weeks left in 2016.  Yikes!  But that still leaves time for at 13 more oddball photo challenges.  So without further ado, here’s my entry for this week.

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There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.
~John Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life, 1894

The Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Morning” and this is typical of my morning view the last week.  I have one more day here in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains, one more ride, then I’ll be on a two-day road trip back home to Illinois, a long distance in almost every way from Wyoming.

I haven’t been online much and won’t be for some days yet, due to having so much to do here as well as weak a/o intermittent internet connections, then because I’ll be traveling, and, finally, because I’ll be working more than usual.  Thanks for hanging in there with me and my lack of reciprocity.

Enjoy the view, my “Morning” view.

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To ride a horse is to ride the sky.
~Author Unknown

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.
~Arabian Proverb