My love of horses began at age 11 when I worked every summer at a ranch. My twin brother and I would walk about ten miles a day in circles taking children on pony rides.
I, like so many others, discovered the wisdom and beauty and strong connection you can have with horses. They have their own personalities like we do, and if you care to actually look, you will see they convey a wide range of emotions. They can be happily prancing, angrily stomping, they could demonstrate sadness, and even apathy and defeat. How a horse reacts is determined by how we treat and care for them.
During one of my summers, there was one pony in particular that was docile with people riding him when he had a saddle on his back, but woe be it to anyone who would try to ride him bareback. I found out the hard way when at the end of the afternoon, I took off his saddle and hopped on. Before anyone could say anything, he was away, bucking wildly and trying to bite my legs. Of course in the long run, he got me off by slamming me into a tree. I had a bruised leg for months. That same week I realized he was out to get me! He demonstrated quite a bit of slyness and would suddenly strike out and kick me as I walked past or if I got close he would attempt to bite me. I realized for the first time that horses were not just work creatures and that he was expressing his displeasure with me. I was astonished and developed a new- found respect. I resolved to establish a relationship, and by the summers end, we were employed as a team. There was no longer kicking or biting.
Throughout history, horses are adored and admired by pharaohs and kings alike. There’s evidence of domesticated horses going back thousands of years. In actuality, in ancient Egypt, it’s thought that horses were treated better than the Egyptians and that they would even be fed before the Pharaoh himself. This was due to the early Arabian horses incredible beauty, speed and endurance and having saved many lives during war. This creature could withstand the harshness of the desert and maintain its strength and beauty.
The Lipizzan Stallion is another incredible beauty, strong, yet docile horse. It was stated that this was the horse Napoleon choose to ride during war. He was not a large man; therefore his stallion was bred to jump straight up in the air so that he could get a better view of what was going on in the area below.
There are so many different breeds of horses, and they are being bred for different things, speed, beauty, work etc.. To me they are beautiful, even religious and I know that there are so many others out there that feel the same as I do. There are even many beautiful horse posters available to adorn ones walls. I believe this relation of horse and man will always be there. Enjoy them! I sure do.