“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter.”
― Ansel Adams
Ashlynn has a special story to share. She has been riding horses since she was four years old. Three months ago a horse who she has now named Dyno became an important part of her life. Ashlynn shared with me during our first conversation that she had rescued Dyno, and that she wanted to do a photo shoot with him. I thought to myself that this must be a very special horse and I soon found out how true that was.
I met Ashlynn at ReAnna Stables in Hampton, Minnesota. We talked about Dyno and she shared his story with me. Dyno had been living in Bemidji, Minnesota and was listed on Craigslist. Someone in turn posted a photo of him on Facebook and was crying out for someone to rescue him. Dyno was very underweight, and Ashlynn knew she had to do something. She packed up her horse trailer and they took off to bring this amazing horse home with them.
Dyno is a beautiful Arab horse, and by looking at him you wouldn’t know that three short months ago he was suffering, lacking nutrition and love. Ashlynn is now nurturing him and is being his shield, allowing nothing to hurt him anymore.
Animals that are rescued are special. By that I mean, they have this amazing opportunity to bond with someone, to be social, and to trust. The relationship between her and her horse is nothing short of a love story. She is patient and compassionate with him, she listens to his needs, and reads his energy, she is mothering him, and I captured it all.
Dyno loves Ashlynn. This four year old horse looks to her to show him that the world is safe, and that it is okay to let go. We took Dyno to a fenced in area of the stable and he showed off for us, smiling and eyeing his new mom to make sure she could see how happy he was. He nuzzles her and she kisses him, and to watch these two brought tears to my eyes. It always amazes me when I see a connection between two energies. Ashlynn is giving him life, he is giving her trust, and I arrived with my camera right on time.