So just a heads up - this is gonna be a bit of a combo blog post but I think you'll love it :)
aaand moving right along...
I could go on and on about why I love Raleigh, NC so much but this would probably turn into a book rather than one blog post. Raleigh itself is a great city with tons of hidden gems behind every corner. Wandering downtown last weekend I found some beautiful street art with an impactful message, a delicious Mexican restaurant with a warm atmosphere and some magnificent architecture that I couldn't help but stop and marvel at.
But what I love more than anything abut this city is the fact that a short drive away you can find the mountains, the beach or find yourself in the middle of nowhere on a horse ranch with two of your best friends...
Two of my best friends have a herd of gorgeous horses that I offered to photograph last weekend. I also ended up riding a little myself. I love horses and it was only a short 15min car ride out to Wendell, NC.
I loved the twisty winding roads that we followed to get to the ranch. The air seemed to clear and everything was blissfully quiet.
When we arrived we were met with happy whinnies and the low rumble of hooves as the herd galloped towards us to greet us. Don't worry! I came armed with carrots so we were instant friends :)
The intelligence of horses I think can be found when you look at them in their eyes. They analyze every move you make and know instantly how you're feeling. They are some of the most majestic creatures I have ever had the pleasure of spending my time with.
I love witnessing the bond between horse and rider. They seemed to fly as they moved together across the track.
The horses in the pasture groomed each other lovingly. This behavior strengthens relationships in the herd and is honestly just adorable to watch.
There are no words that can accurately describe the bond between these two. You could feel that they truly felt love for one another and that his horse respected and cared for him - just like any other member of the herd.
While we were spending time with my friend's horses their were some curious onlookers from the pasture next door. This big girl is a draft horse and she sweetly nuzzled and smelled my hair when I approached her.
Overall, it was an absolutely adventurous weekend. Where else can you explore a concrete jungle one day and then run wild and free with horses the next? I feel so lucky to live in Raleigh where I can have the best of both worlds.
Thank you so much for reading! I really appreciate it :)
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