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.
Interestingly I found out years later that my husband’s name, Philip, really means’love of horses’ in Greek.
I, like so many others, found the beauty and intelligence and strong connection you can have with horses. They have their own personalities like we do, and if you care to actually look, you’ll see they convey a broad assortment of emotions. They can be happily prancing, angrily stomping, they could demonstrate sadness, and even apathy and conquer. 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 attempt to ride him bareback. I found out the hard way when in the end of the afternoon, I took off his saddle and hopped on. Before anyone can say anything, he was off, bucking wildly and trying to bite my legs. Of course in the end, he got off me by slamming me into a tree. I had a bruised leg for weeks. That same week I realized he was out to get me! He revealed quite a bit of slyness and would suddenly strike out and kick me as I walked past or when I got near he would try to bite me. I realized for the first time that horses weren’t just work animals 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 had been working as a team. There was no longer kicking or biting.
Throughout history, horses have been adored and revered by pharaohs and kings alike. There’s evidence of domesticated horses going back a long time. In actuality, in ancient Egypt, it is thought that horses were treated better than the Egyptians and they would even be fed prior to the Pharaoh himself. This was a result of the early Arabian horses unbelievable beauty, speed and endurance and having saved many lives during war. This creature could withstand the harshness of the desert and maintain its beauty and strength.
The Lipizzan Stallion is another unbelievable beauty, powerful, yet docile horse. It had been said that this was the horse Napoleon choose to ride during warfare. 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 field below.
There are a lot of different breeds of horses, and they’re 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 think this relation of man and horse will always be there. Enjoy them!