A Quiet Moment

People were animals too, once, and when we turned into human beings we gave something up. Being close to animals brings some of it back.

Dr.Temple Grandin

When you are working with a horse your mind is quiet. The chatter of Covid numbers, tweeting twitters, grocery lists, lists ad infinitum, all go to silence. It is you and the horse. You are focused every second on the horse and how he feels. Even if you are going on a hack the movement of the horse, the sound of his footfalls, quiets your mind.

For me that is the Quiet Moment of this weeks Lens-artists Challenge #102 from Patti Moed. Thank you for this challenge Patti.

32 Comments Add yours

  1. Leya says:

    Anne, here you managed to capture the “oneness”, the being one with the horse. Quiet moments like these are precious. So well done.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment. Much appreciated!

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  2. Special the quiet moments. We all need those moments. Perfect photo too.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I agree we need those moments in our lives.

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  3. Wind Kisses says:

    I have talked to so many people who feel “at one” with their horse. It was a hard to grab that notion as I used to be deathly afraid of horses. I learned with the proper guidance, how elegant and graceful they are and how they do indeed seem to read the riders emotions. Very nice. Donna

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment. I’m glad you are no longer fearful of horses.

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  4. pattimoed says:

    What a beautiful quiet moment, Anne. I love the light and shadow in this shot. Black and white is perfect here to enhance the mood.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It was a serendipity getting the lighting. Sometimes in this arena it happens and other times is does not. The horse and rider are going along a mirror and in the mirror the windows at the other end of the arena can be seen. In color they are green and I found that distracting so I opted for black and white. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  5. JohnRH says:

    Great photo. I like the Grandin quote, too. People are still animals, or worse than, often.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Sadly what you say is true. Some human behavior gives animals a bad name. I often think most animals behave better. Thanks for commenting. Glad you like the photo and quote.

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  6. Can I understand as, being with your horse is your meditation.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Exactly! You have understood it perfectly.

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  7. Wonderful thoughts, Anne. How I miss my quiet morning rides on my horse when I was a kid living in Oregon.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am sure you do. There is nothing like it really. Thank you for this comment Terri.

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  8. Avery says:

    Lord, yes, to the quite. Great photo capture.

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  9. sandyjwhite says:

    Love this image, Anne. The lighting is magical!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The lighting in the arena can be tricky but sometimes it give me a luminescence like this! Thanks Avery.

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  10. David says:

    Beautiful image, Anne. What you said about how everything fades away is so true. It is just the connection. Riding without the public, the daughters said that should happen more when things return to “normal”.

    The daughters had a good first week. Two more shows to go.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment David. Give the girls my best for the next two shows.

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  11. Robyn says:

    What a beautiful way to depict such a special moment – looks great!

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  12. Wow what a striking photo, the horse is almost disappearing in darkness, very cool. I definitely appreciate quiet, and places and things you do, that quieten your mind. Had to look up “going on a hack,” (a relaxed ride for light exercise, is that the meaning?) A very good “quiet moment” post.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      A hack usually refers to a ride outside of the arena and along a trail or I the woods or across fields. It is a break from the work in the arena and is good mentally for horse and rider. In the UD they often call it trail riding. Thanks for commenting Robert.

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      1. Thank you, sure, trail rides.

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  13. Tina Schell says:

    Had I thought about it I might have guessed Anne :-). Lovely image and I know how very difficult it is to capture horse and rider indoors so kudos on you for that!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Tina the lighting in the arena can be tricky but sometimes it offers a gift like this!

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  14. Amy says:

    ” the sound of his footfalls, quiets your mind;” — What a beautiful, quiet moment. I love this capture, the lighting is incredible.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The lighting was a serendipity! The arena can be difficult with a huge window at one end and light comes in directly above the horse and rider. I edited this one to B and W because i did not want the reflection of the windows in the arena mirror to distract from the light on the horse and rider. Thanks for your comment Amy. I appreciate it.

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      1. Amy says:

        Thank you for explaining the process. Excellent, Anne!

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