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Loving a Horse

Updated on April 3, 2013

Have You Ever Known a Horse?

For twenty two years now, I have been in love with the same guy. The moment we met, I was twelve again and he was my first four-legged crush. Over the years, I learned to trust him, learn his nature, his moods and his fears. He too learned about me, exhibiting patience with my lack of “horse sense,” remaining calm around the children in my life and we continue to enjoy each other’s company today.

In The Tao of Equus: A Woman's Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse, author Linda Kohanov explains “Horses live in the moment, and their influence keeps riders from becoming mired in projections and tricks of the mind. Their nomadic nature encourages a fluidity of thought, emotion, and behavior that sedentary life subconsciously discourages. The simple act of grooming or riding puts people in a state of relaxed heightened awareness conducive to creativity and intuition.”Couldn’t have said it better myself-really!

My heart goes out to those horses that have been mistreated by humans for it teaches them we cannot be trusted, and sometimes they are never able to bond to another person. What a loss for both the person and the animal. I remember some years back watching GiWaNi PonyBoy ( work with a few horses that had “issues”.His ability to understand their nature and speak to them in their language provided truly amazing results. He, Pat Parelli and Monty Roberts are the trainers whose work I know best and they have shown time and time again that punishing horses into submission is NOT the right way to develop trusting relationships. They want to please, but their nature is to be free and when that spirit is broken, their essence is lost. I am so glad to see a smarter and kinder way of training being proven to work.

Horses are being used successfully to work with adults and children with autism and other disabilities. Parents say it seems their child’s disability fades away when they are riding. Among other things, the horse experience helps them communicate better, face their fears and gain muscle strength. The emotional bond they experience, as it is with all who enjoy horses, is invaluable. Ask a parent!

To anyone who appreciates the beauty, magnificence, spirit and nature of a horse, I’m sure you will agree, there is no other animal that we can experience on a daily basis like them. They will allow you in their space…or not. They will enjoy a relationship with you….or not and they will bring absolute joy to your life if you learn to understand them and respect their nature. I highly recommend getting to know a horse through a local rescue needing volunteers or even a friend with one- you will remember your own free spirit.

My horse is my best friend. He has never let me down and I hope he feels I have treated him with the same respect. Fortunately, his first owner treated him well and I have been blessed to call him mine since 1989. Now at twenty six, he is considered an older gentleman. We don’t race around in the fields and on the trails like we used too and his teeth are worn, but his spirit still soars and he is as beautiful as ever. What a lucky girl I am-I love you Chesapeake.

A beautiful horse video

Yummy horse treats (for horse lovers and everyone wanting to be liked by one)

Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

2 cups brown-sugar oatmeal (dry).

Half-Cup grated carrots

3 tablespoons molasses half cup brown sugar


Combine all these ingredients. Add enough water to make into soft dough. Stir well.

Put into oven on 365 degrees until golden brown.

A few memorable quotes

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill

Many people have sighed for the 'good old days' and regretted the 'passing of the horse,' but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses. ~C.W. Anderson

A horse loves freedom, and the weariest old work horse will roll on the ground or break into a lumbering gallop when he is turned loose into the open. ~Gerald Raferty

And finally- an oldie, but a goodie-Mr. Ed, The Talking Horse!



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      alexiapittman 6 years ago

      What a wonderful ode to Chesapeake!

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      Tracy Nery Kunzle 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Virginia

      Beautiful, touching article Sheila!

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      Donnalynn 6 years ago

      Oh, Sheila. That was so inspiring and tender. Thank you.