Why do you love horses?

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  1. Beebuzby profile image60
    Beebuzbyposted 12 years ago

    It's true that many women and young girls are drawn to horses. There are varying theories as to why this is so. Some say it's their power, others the bond that can be formed between human and horse. I believe it's because horses give you a chance to meditate and connect with yourself while you're with them. What do you think?

    1. Sally's Trove profile image78
      Sally's Troveposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed. Horses can show you a side of yourself you may see in few other ways. This is one reason why they are such valuable therapeutic animals.

      1. Cardisa profile image89
        Cardisaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I love horses because they are everything you said! They are strong, powerful, sleek and beautiful. When they gallop is the most wonderful thing especially with you feeling their strength and power beneath you.  I am trying not to sound too sexy here.. smile

        1. Michele Travis profile image65
          Michele Travisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Have you ever heard the wind whistling in your ears when they gallop?  I have

          1. Cardisa profile image89
            Cardisaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            I haven't experienced that. Haven't ridden in nearly 20 years. I need to get a horse of my own.

  2. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 12 years ago

    All of the above! I've owned some amazing horses in my life.

    1. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 12 years ago

      I do NOT love horses.  We owned horses and while they liked my sisters, they did not like me and I soon developed a reciprocal feeling!

      1. habee profile image93
        habeeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You don't love horses?? Do you enjoy scaring small children, PQ? lol

        1. Pcunix profile image91
          Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Our sixteen hand horse would try to get me or my father trapped against the fence. Then he'd just lean in, squeezing us with his weight.  Whenever I rode him, he'd fly off into the woods toward a low tree branch to try to scrape me off.

          He just hated men.  Maybe some stupid man mistreated him once - we certainly never did.

          1. habee profile image93
            habeeposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            We had a horse that hated men, but my youngest daughter could do anything with the mare. My daughter was only 12 at the time, too.


          2. mega1 profile image80
            mega1posted 12 years agoin reply to this

            PC - You seem like a generous and kind and thoughtful man, maybe the horse had been abused.  But its unfortunate you didn't have some better, more positive experiences with horses to give you a real perspective about them.  I had horses try to scrape me off under trees and some really awful rides on rented horses.  But, as with humans, I had great experiences with animals I had a chance to get to know - sometimes it takes more patience than others - and always it takes an attitude of respect - which most people forget when they are around animals - they respond best to respect for their distinct personalities.

            1. Pcunix profile image91
              Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Oh, I don't really hate horses.  In fact, when I catch a whiff of that smell somewhere, it makes me happy :-)

              That, hay and saddle soap.  And oats  :-)

              1. Beebuzby profile image60
                Beebuzbyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                It's so funny that you "hate" horses. My grandfather, born in 1892, was in the cavalry in WWI. However, I remember my father saying that he hated horses. I recently found his enlistment papers in with some old documents at my mother's; and the form listed him as an EXCELLENT horseman. When I saw that, I realized that he probably hated horses because they had been a working part of all aspects of his life since he was born. Understandable, since he probably also had plenty of bad experiences in working with them. Thanks for your comment!

              2. Michele Travis profile image65
                Michele Travisposted 12 years agoin reply to this

                I love horses to, even the 16 hands tall ones.  This is Champ.  He was my baby waby.  He let me grab onto his neck and swing back and forth.  He got old and died a few years ago.  I will always miss him.


          3. Cardisa profile image89
            Cardisaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            PC, maybe the horses sensed your fear or rivalry.

    2. mega1 profile image80
      mega1posted 12 years ago

      Horses are just glorious - their personalities are so distinct and they will (like most animals) really communicate with a lot of intelligence if you will learn their language and listen.  You have to watch as well as listen and be very conscious.  So many people are not willing to behave that way with animals.  They feel superior - so they never get past an owner/slave type of relationship.  There is a lot to learn from horses and all mammals, and other beings too, if we will take the time and come to then without the ego barriers.  Plus, the way they look when healthy and happy is just beautiful.  I thought one of the greatest things about Avatar was the bonding scenes between the (forget what they were called) flying horse-type beings and the avatars.  I could really relate because I felt that way when I was a young girl riding horses.  Actually, I think most other mammals are superior to us in so many ways and could easily rule the world, but they are very generous and allow us to think we are the bosses!

    3. mega1 profile image80
      mega1posted 12 years ago

      now I'm getting hungry - the smell of those oats treated with molasses always makes me hungry!

    4. profile image0
      madmilkerposted 12 years ago

      It's something I can ride even if milkmaid has a headache.....

    5. prettydarkhorse profile image62
      prettydarkhorseposted 12 years ago

      I love horses. I can speak to them and they understand me more. I am good in conversing with them comparing to humans... lol

    6. manlypoetryman profile image81
      manlypoetrymanposted 12 years ago

      I think once you become well acquainted with a horse, as a rider...as the one that takes care of them...It is hard not to appreciate the bond you have with them. Especially, when you can feel the strength of their gallop or learn to trust them as they climb a high trail, jump a small creek, or see how smart they are when it comes to moving a stray cow, or working cattle in general...and working with someone throwing a rope, etc. You can't help but appreciate this magnificent animal. God...I love horses!

    7. kerryg profile image80
      kerrygposted 12 years ago

      What everybody else said. Horses are some of the most beautiful animals on the planet, and because you work with them as partners in a way you don't with most other animals (with the exception of some types of dogs) you really develop a very unique bond.

    8. profile image0
      Emily Sparksposted 12 years ago

      I have loved horses for as long as I can remember.  For me, it is because of their beauty and their strength.  As mentioned, the bond between a person and their horse as well.

    9. calpol25 profile image57
      calpol25posted 12 years ago

      I love horses because I seen the film Horsewhisperer and never looked back, my first love was called Hedgehunter but she dumped me for Seabiscuit who dumped her and ran off  with Red Rum , who died after having a passionate affair with Desert Orchid who now lives with his Aunty in Brighton smile 

      And so thats the story of my love for horses smile


    10. Shanna11 profile image74
      Shanna11posted 12 years ago

      I'm probably one of the exceptions. While I loved horses as a little girl, as I grew older, that love faded quickly. I've ridden horses recently, but I'm not crazy about them, really. I prefer smaller, cuddlier animals. Horses are just big and costly.

    11. donotfear profile image83
      donotfearposted 12 years ago

      I felt drawn to horses at an early age because they made me feel in awe. I wanted so much to learn to ride so people could see what I could do. It made me feel important to learn something that not everyone could do. I loved the way they  smelled, the silky feel of their coat and their soft eyes.

      I still love horses. I love to watch them socialize and run in the pasture. I owned a horse when I was a teen, then came back to the horse world in 2001 and purchased a young gelding.  I named him Sport, just like my first horse, but he was ah so different!!!

      Here's my first horse, Sport #1 a feisty barrel racer who never walked!


      I sold him my Sr year in high school and never saw him again!

      Here is my laid back Sport that I currently own, at age 12 still laid back but spoiled and barn sour from inactivity. I moved him to another location so he could be on a stricter diet.  He's huge.


    12. hballard profile image60
      hballardposted 12 years ago

      I think I rode my first horse when I was 3, and have been riding ever since. Growing up on a working cattle ranch,  riding horses just came with the territory.
      I love riding for a lot of different reasons. For one its just become a part of who I am. Two, its very therapeutic ridin out in the middle of nowhere huntin cows, or just enjoying the day by yourself or with family. Not to mention the friendships you can develop with horses. I've been training colts for about 4 years now and its cool to see each horses personality come out,  and its almost a challenge to adapt to each one to get him to trust you. Its very rewarding.
      I think it was Napolean who said,  "A horse, a horse. My kingdom for a horse!"

      1. Pearldiver profile image67
        Pearldiverposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        "A Horse.. A Horse.... etc" What an insult to English History stating that Bonyparts made this declaration! I believe Richard 1 was on the same battlefield at the time... along with Shakyspear!  I think your historical recollection is somewhat flawed.. don't you? yikes

    13. hballard profile image60
      hballardposted 12 years ago

      My apologies, you're right Napolean would be pretty far from the truth. Although, I found out that it was Richard III, not the first I, who is quoted there. Thanks for the correction.

      1. Pearldiver profile image67
        Pearldiverposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Yes.. I figured that you would find the dates of Richard 1 and Napoleon to be out by a couple of days.. which is why I suggested that they were on the same battlefield (being sarcastic!).

        The main thing is (and as I had hoped) that you took the time to research the facts and that is what good writers do... where others just make a statement without backing it up factually. sad

        Good on you mate! smile

    14. Diane Inside profile image72
      Diane Insideposted 12 years ago

      Horses are beautiful graceful creatures. I never had the horsey fascination that many little girls have, but I have always loved to see them.

      I was fortunate enough to be sitting in a restaurant one day in Wyoming, when out the window I saw a group of about five or six wild horses just run past us across the street in an open field. I know they were wild because there were no fences or barriers and the locals say they see them running around all the time.

      It was nice to see them in such a state of freedom. It was absolutely beautiful.


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