Photo Challenge: Focus


This willful mare will not be owned.
She makes choices; her neck softens
lower as she turns her ear to me.

She smells so familiar that I think
it might be my own scent, remembered
by those who knew me lifetimes ago.

Then the horizon blurs, retreating
as the sky lifts us high enough
to trot the shoulders of the moon.

Anna Blake at Infinity Farm
Horse Advocate, Author, Speaker, Equine Pro
(WordPress Photo Challenge is a weekly prompt to share a photo–I enjoy twisting these macro prompts to share our micro life here on the Colorado prairie. I take these photos with my phone, on my farm. No psych, definitely not high-tech.)


  1. Love this so much, Anna. It was explained to me once that mares are “opinionated.” I like that. You’re allowed to have an opinion. My mare’s expression of an opinion is a tail swish and a foot stomp. All other expression comes through her soft eye and relaxed lower lip that looks amazingly like a smile. (I do wish she’d double-barrel the boys sometimes though. They can be such bullies.)

  2. I, too, have a mare. A Morgan mare. They are known to be self-willed. Communicate with “the Morgan eye” or shark eye. Friends say we are alike. How fortunate for me! Wouldn’t change anything. She will be 30 on June 23rd. Been together for 28 years. What a life we have.

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