Linda Finstad's Blog (28)

What is "Prism-Equus"

What is “Prism-Equus”?

Linda Finstad is a world renowned equine photographer who spent many, many years capturing the beauty and grace of horses on camera.  Her work in the field fostered a deep fascination for equine body language and communication which lead to her book “How to De-code equine body language” in which Linda Finstad uses photography coupled with years of experience and research Linda Finstad to reveal the secret language of…


Added by Linda Finstad on September 10, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

What Does Joy Look Like ?

What does Joy look like?

My name is Linda Finstad and for the past 15 years I have earned my living as an equine photographer and artist.  My my art work is very distinctive - always bright and colourful with a child like innocence.  However there is a deeper meaning behind why I paint the way I paint.

Everyone know that for a painting to be considered “Art” it has to stir an emotional response within whoever looks at it.  “My goal as an artist was to…


Added by Linda Finstad on May 29, 2018 at 8:29am — No Comments

Why one day Retreats are as good as Vacation

Why attending the 

Painted Pony  - Creative Retreat is as good as a Vacation

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the fast pace of your life and endless to-do lists. Feel like you just NEEEED a break?

But with heavy schedules and commitments its hard to get away on a vacation, I hear you!  Whether it’s impossible to take time off work or the many responsibilities at home with a family, for many people…


Added by Linda Finstad on April 14, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments

Why teens (and most adults) don’t read the Bible

You might jump to the conclusion, that they don’t have a Bible.  But let’s assume theses teens and I will let all the adults off the hook for now, do have a Bible and in fact they also attend church.  

They are filled with good intentions and know in their heart of hearts they ought to spend time in God’s word.  So I ask you again why don’t they read the Bible?

The answer is little more complex however I stumbled on a simple…


Added by Linda Finstad on February 9, 2018 at 9:32am — No Comments

Life Hacks we can learn from horses

Life Hacks we can learn from horses

by Linda Finstad

Acknowledging horses as great teachers is nothing new.

Anyone who learned to ride on a pony will eagerly relay all the life lessons they learned from that experience.  Lessons in patience, determination, how to fall and roll and humility.…


Added by Linda Finstad on December 31, 2016 at 10:08am — 1 Comment

So you want to write a horse book?

Why write a Horse book?

For myself, the question should be “Why Not write a horse book” 

For the best part of my life horses have filled my thoughts, dreams and…


Added by Linda Finstad on December 28, 2016 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

Life Hacks# for Riding Schools

Life Hacks for Riding Schools

Stand out from the crowd by adding extra services and promotions for your clients.

Its as easy as looking through your phone book.

  • Ask your local tack store to give your clients a discount  - I am sure if you were sending all your new riders their way to get kitted out they would be more than…

Added by Linda Finstad on November 29, 2016 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Find your Tribe - Art connects us All

Either Directly or Indirectly art has given me more than the gift of beauty and inspiration.

 Art has connected me to some amazing people and some of my most treasured friends.

My preferred art form and one at which for the past 15 years I have earned my living is “Fine Art Photography”.  Not just any fine art photography, my specialty and number one passion is…


Added by Linda Finstad on November 29, 2016 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Have you ever thought “I should write a book about………”

If you are an instructor, coach or trainer your knowledge and expertise is Gold.  It is what sets you apart from all the other Instructors, Coaches and Trainers. The experience you have gained over time and perseverance, the insights you have learned through trail and error are priceless. 

However, your reach  - the people you can help and inspire with this hard earned wisdom is limited to time and travel. Unless you somehow record all this knowledge…


Added by Linda Finstad on September 30, 2016 at 12:46pm — 1 Comment

Don't Shoot the Horses

Don’t Shoot the Horses

Before you get too upset the reference is to photography not weaponry

Have you ever had, what you thought was a fabulous idea - yet everyone around you shoots you down and tells you “Don’t Do It”.

The “naysayers” tell you it’s a crazy idea that will never work, it’s just not…


Added by Linda Finstad on September 21, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

#Life Hack - How to Attract More Customers to your Saddlery Store

#Life Hacks - How to Attract More Customers to your Tack Store

It’s no secret we live in the information age.

In fact we are bombarded with “information” every day in the form of e-mails, messages, pop up ads on-line courses and pod casts even blogs.

I am sure much of the information contained in…


Added by Linda Finstad on February 23, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Free lesson plan for Riding Instructors

Riding instructors are hard working, dedicated women and men who want to inspire their students to grow, learn and become better horsemen and women. 

They are willing to work long hours every weekend for sure, in all kinds of weather. Very often for extremely low wages. 

Yet they love…


Added by Linda Finstad on January 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Horse-Watchers recipe for Happiness

You need:

  • – One frosty winter morning with a glorious sunrise painting soft warm rays across the snow
  • – A warm parka and cozy boots 
  • – A large go mug of coffee and baileys
  • – A large pasture surrounded by trees covered with morning dew frost 
  • – A herd of hairy horses 
  • – Several mounds of sweet, hay beckoning the herd to come for…

Added by Linda Finstad on January 17, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

How I made $50,000 Teaching Equine Behaviour

Sounds too good to be true 

Well it isn't 

And I am going to…


Added by Linda Finstad on January 12, 2016 at 11:20am — No Comments

Best Ever Marketing Tip for Equine Businesses

FREE Marketing action that really works!!

It works because it's FREE

That “Free” word really grabs our attention – that is because we all like to get something for nothing.

It is a universal fact of life – no exceptions.

So how can Equine Business owners use that knowledge to their advantage and ultimately increase their customer base and bottom line?

Good question  - I am glad you…


Added by Linda Finstad on October 10, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Simple fund raising idea for equine charities and rescue centres

How to increase charitable donations

Engage your potential sponsors and educate the public about your cause.


I hope I got your attention

And you have a few minutes to read through this simple action plan that will increase cash flow into your charity.

Its incredibly…


Added by Linda Finstad on August 21, 2015 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Horse People are a Little strange?

 No argument there  - although our behavior is only strange to Non horsey people

Have you ever wondered just How Many “Strange” people are out there and if we are all in some way connected.

Lets do the; …


Added by Linda Finstad on March 21, 2015 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

What is Horse Watching?

In life there are very few things that are both New and Free

But Horse Watching is one of them.


There is Bird watching and Whale watching so why not put a name to…


Added by Linda Finstad on March 20, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

My Letter from "The Queen of England"

For the past two years I have been working on a huge project

“The Equine Heritage Exhibit”

The purpose of this project was to create a permanent record of all the breeds of horses in Alberta.

It was entrusted to me – to locate – photograph and document as many as possible over two years.  My original list had 40 different breeds, however by the end of the project I had photographed 60 different breeds of horses that are actively being bred here in Alberta, plus…


Added by Linda Finstad on February 20, 2011 at 1:25pm — 2 Comments

Top Photo Locations in Edmonton

One question I get asked quite often is, "Where should we go for our portraits?" To help with planning your outdoor portraits or family photo…

Added by Linda Finstad on February 2, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

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