My love of horses began at the age of 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 had never really thought much about horses before that but I was soon hooked for life.
Lately I found out years later that my husband’s name, Philip, actually means’love of horses’ in Greek.
I, like so many others, found the beauty and intelligence and robust connection you can have with horses. They have their own personalities like we do, and if you care to really look, you will see they convey a broad assortment of emotions. They may be happily prancing, angrily stomping, they can demonstrate sadness, and even apathy and defeat. How a horse reacts depends upon how we handle and care for them.
I found out the hard way when at the end of the day, 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 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 if I got close he would try to bite me. I understood for the first time that horses were not only work animals and that he had been expressing his displeasure with me. I was amazed and developed a new- found respect. I resolved to establish a relationship, and from the summers end, we had been employed as a team. There was no longer kicking or biting.
Throughout history, horses are loved and revered by pharaohs and kings alike. There is evidence of domesticated horses going back a long time. In fact, in ancient Egypt, it is believed that horses were treated better than the Egyptians and 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 animal could withstand the harshness of the desert and preserve its beauty and strength.
The Lipizzan Stallion is another incredible beauty, powerful, yet docile horse. It was said that this was the horse Napoleon choose to ride during warfare. He was not a big man; therefore his stallion was bred to jump straight up in the air so that he could get a better view of what was happening in the area below.
There are a lot of different breeds of horses, and they are being bred for different things, speed, beauty, work etc.. To me they are beautiful, even spiritual 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 horse and man will always be there. Enjoy them! I sure do.