Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Thunder on the Beach
Were you a horse girl (or boy) growing up? I was in a literary context. Despite growing up in Texas, my hands-on experience with horses was limited to a few lessons and trail rides at Girl Scout camp. In books, however, yes, bring on the girl-equine bonding! Horses were a source of freedom and power. A girl and her horse were a team, providing each other with protection, speed, food, and companionship. They relied on each other, and that relationship often sustained and nurtured the protagonist through the most stressful moments.
Horses were also the best comic relief. What's better than a sidelong glance from the horse when you say something stupid?
P.S. A fun article on why young girls are drawn to powerful animals like horses and dolphins.
All photographs by Irene Suchocki. From the top: A Heart So White; Wild at Heart; The Calm Before; Peek-a-boo; The Power of Ten; Far Away, So Close; Breathless.
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