Henna For Horses: Ancient Decorative and Medicinal Traditions

(© By Kip Mistral 2017)

Long ago and far away, in the area historically known as “The Levant” (portions of the Eastern Mediterranean coast including Cyprus, Greece, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and Libya), lands of strong sunlight, the henna plant flourished. (And still does.) The cultures of The Levant used henna for decoration of humans and animals (horses and other equids, cows, etc) at times of celebration, marriage, celebration of their deities, and to indicate high status in general, and also for medicinal purposes.

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Photographer Andi Harmon: The Way of the Buckaroo

(© By Andi Harmon 2017)

Ever since I could hold a camera, I’ve taken photos.

Ever since I knew what it was like to smell the sweet sweat of a horse, feel its breath tickle my face, giggle at the soft velvety feel of a horse’s lips as they search for a treat, I’ve felt a deep love for horses.

It seemed a natural progression to combine the things I love into something tangible. My goal in life is to be a photo journalist, or photo documentarian of a vanishing way of life in the Great Basin – the way of the buckaroo.

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Tye MacDonald, Reined Cowhorse Trainer: Lightness is the Path

(© By Tye MacDonald 2017.)

I don’t remember the first time I saw a horse. It was probably before I could talk, as their look, smell, and feel has always been familiar.   I remember watching horses running in a pasture as a little boy and feeling something hard to put into words. I wanted something with a horse, perhaps to be a horse, or to be part of a horse. I would guess many of us as children first see a horse, watch it running, recognize its beauty and feel its excitement. As children, our hearts and our imaginations are still wide open and so we are left with an inexpressible want. Not a desire to go fast or to dominate, rather it is as if we see the face of God in a running horse and feel something almost like a longing for home.
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Michel Henriquet: The Vanishing Point of Lightness

(© By Kip Mistral. First published in Equine Journal, October 2005.)

“It is disappearing,” Michel Henriquet says quietly, looking across his dining table with a level expression that hints of sadness. It is the end of a day of talk about the rich history of “high” equitation in Europe. Pale mid-afternoon light filters through the ancient windows of Fief de la Panetière, the venerable 16th century house that he shares with his wife, Olympic and international Grand Prix champion Catherine Durand. The company has lingered long over the end of a superb luncheon while Henriquet speaks of the future of equestrian art.

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