Ever have the perfect photo that illustrates who you are?
This photo was taken in 2008 and has been my facebook profile picture since early 2009. I clicked on it today with the intention of finally updating it, and I can hardly bring myself to put in a more current one. It's me and Farley at the Death Valley ride, early in Farley's career.
Every animal I've has had a picture that truly captured who they are.
Sometimes it is taken at the autumn of relationship, like the photo that I consider "Minx"
Sometimes it isn't a picture at all. Tess has told me since she was a puppy that she will be a commissioned watercolor.
However I do know one thing --> the representation of the animal stands the test of time. I don't get tired of looking at it, and when I hold the animal in my memory, or try to describe my relationship or feelings about a particular animal, I often hold the image of the particular photo or representation of the animal in my mind as my "guide".
I was complaining the other day that I didn't have an appropriate representation of Farley yet --> maybe I had it all the time, hiding in plain sight as my facebook profile picture? The picture is unusual in that the picture is backlit with the shadow towards the photographer, and the background is much more colorful than the subjects. I like how easy and casual the picture is, and how you tend to focus on the view of the ride than the horse. Farley isn't bold and out in front like Minx. Instead, she seems to fade into the background, not noticeable for her exceptional talent and ability until you take the time to notice. I also like how the picture highlights her rather enormous ears (for an arab). I'm convinced that horses hold their brains in their ears.
Welcome to the Boots and Saddles blog. "Boots and saddles" describes a horse of(f) course - my experiences in the endurance world, as a veterinary student, and as a life long student of the horse. This blog is part of a larger endurance information site, which promotes renegade hoof boots and education for riders in their first 1000 endurance miles. I hope that you are entertained, informed, and inspired.
Funder: I swear, endurance is the sport of tying as much random crap on a dirty horse as possible, then riding til you chafe your thighs raw.
Elizabeth Funderburk: You're not tough just because you can destroy your body faster than everybody else around you. That is a ridiculously difficult thing for me to remember...You can be plenty tough without being dumb...
Bethany Faubel: Funder's right: being tough doesn't mean being damaged before you have a chance at senility. Otherwise, we would be calling all professional boxer/wrestlers not only tough but intelligent as well...
"Endurance is a series of small disasters, interspersed with larger disasters. The sport of endurance is your ability to solve and learn and prevent them. (and enjoy the process)"
AareneX on 2010 Goals:
"I will not be discouraged by setbacks in 2010, but will use them as training opportunities for successes in the future."
JB on Revelation 7 "More then just bruised ego's are at stake in endurance, as the horses whole life and well being is on the line".