Stroll at sunrise

Your Shot photographer F. Dilek Uyar captured this moment in Kayseri, Turkey. “This place lays down in the piedmont of the imposing Mount Erciyes and actually called as a heaven for birds,” she writes. “It ıs not only heaven for birds but also for one who wants to have a break from stressful daily life. You can find peace in the twitter of the birds and even feel the freedom of the wind by riding horse.” Photograph by F. Dilek Uyar

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Through the fire

In San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain, residents celebrate the eve of St. Anthony’s Day with the Luminarias Festival. St. Anthony is the patron saint of domestic animals. One of the traditions of the festival involves riding or jumping horses through bonfires, which is believed to purify the animal and protect it in the year ahead. Townspeople say the practice dates back at least 500 years, coming from a time when smoke was thought to ward off the plague. Animal rights groups say the practice is cruel and barbaric, but the city government claims that no horse has ever suffered injury. 
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Sunset rider

On the dry plateau outside of San Pedro de Atacama in the Chilean Andes, a horse tamer and his mount splash in a stream. “In the distance I could see a horse tamer, who took advantage of the sunset to feed and (water) his horses,” writes Chelo Montero, who captured this image. While watching horse and rider play in the water at dusk, Montero took note of the strong relationship between man and beast.
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Making some dust

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A man trains a horse at his mother’s ranch in Utah. Photographer Brice Portolano was trying to “get the horse’s shadow in its own dust cloud.”

Portolano visited the man, Ben, and his wife, Katherine, several times to learn about their self-sustaining lifestyle in urban Salt Lake City. “They have organized their house and backyard in order to produce most of their own food,” Portolano explains. “Each fall, Ben leaves Salt Lake City and drives into the mountains of northeastern Utah to hunt elk and game birds. With a horse in tow, he hikes up the 10,000-foot-high mountains where he can spend up to a week tracking elk.”

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