BABY HORSE PICTURES
I was in North Dakota scoping the plains for opportunities to take baby horse pictures. It is an element that had been missing from my contemporary art gallery. I was following a herd of Nokota horses, a feral breed mainly living in the southwestern part of the state. A Nokota mare and also her foal caught sight of me and were naturally flustered. The mother instantly knew that she wanted nothing to do with me and took off running. However, the baby horse was a mere two days old and lacked her honed instincts to flee. It was unsure if I was a danger or not, but took a cue from his mother and ran off as well.
Two days later I had returned to the same herd, hoping to capture some baby horse pictures for my contemporary art gallery. This time the mother’s curiosity about me got the better of her. She walked over to me to see who I was and what I business I had been on her turf once again. In tow with her was the little one, who had previously heeded his mother’s advice to flee upon seeing me.
My account with these two in my baby horse picture earlier highlighted something to me. Parents are always going to set the precedent for their children. Naturally, children are bound to imitate their parents and also follow in their footsteps. That is after all how so many creatures in the animal kingdom learn the survival skills they need, and humans are no exception.
Human parents can take some parenting advice from horses, who raise their offspring to be independent and also viable adults as quickly as possible. Horses are prey animals and have to constantly be alert and ready. This means that they live in the moment and also make game-time decisions on how to react to certain situations to ensure the wellbeing of their foals. Horses tend to process information about their foals in real-time and react to them accordingly. Humans may not relate to this style of parenting as we tend to make carefully calculated decisions based off of what we’ve been taught or what our parents did with us. There is some merit to both tactics which I’ve learned when taking baby horse pictures.
Many of us have dealt with “helicopter parents”, overly protective or nurturing parents that became popular amongst Boomer parents raising Millenial children. Dr. Haim Ginott first described these parents in his 1969 book, Parents & Teenagers, as parents would hover over their children like a helicopter. This style of parents progressed to create scenarios of parents being overly involved in their children’s lives and also upbringing. We see this resulting in parents advocating for their children in college and even graduate schools. This has created certain adults that have a harder time transitioning into independence and also self-sufficiency.
Clearly, this is not what the mare had in mind when she fled. She left her offspring to make the decision to follow her or deal with the potential danger. Millions of years of natural selection have primed this style of parenthood to develop baby horses that are quick on their feet and also react appropriately to danger. Naturally, every parent wants the best for their children and would prefer to not leave critical decisions up to them. However, all children will have to make critical decisions in adulthood at some point. So you may as well get them accustomed to it early. After all, natural selection is less likely to better shape future generations of people, so it’s up to parents to do so.
That being said, the amount of time and attention that parents give their children early in life can have a huge developmental impact. Our baby horse pictures display that new journey of life. Even horses keep their babies by their side, who can continue to nurse for up to a year. However, horses use only the appropriate amount of discipline necessary. These animals are fending off constant threats from looming predators, treacherous weather conditions and also human interference. They can’t afford to raise offspring that are over-dependent and need direction to take care of themselves. Furthermore, overly investing in the baby horses puts the mare at risk as well. Mares staying by their foals’ side for much of their early lives yet giving them the freedom to make decisions and anticipate actions, makes for robust and capable adults.
Venturing out to capture baby horse pictures introduced me to this mare and foal that left their memory. This interaction has made the pair of horses an invaluable addition to my contemporary art gallery.
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