“A horse is such a thing of beauty…none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor.” ~Xenophon
Have you ever watched a horse running free in a field or playing with other horses? What a thing of beauty! There is nothing so majestic and regal as the horse. Nothing created by man can ever compare to the beauty that God has bestowed upon the horse. The kind of beauty that gives you chills and makes your heart beat a little faster. The kind of beauty that leaves you longing for more.
Now look at horses being ridden. Do you see the same beauty? Unfortunately the answer most often times is no. In our competitive, results driven world horses are often forced into doing things through the use of gadgets and gizmos and harsh treatment. Winning the next competition is the goal and it is done at any cost. Look at competitive horses today and you will see hollowed out backs, pinned ears, swishing tails. But the most heart breaking part is looking into their eyes. They have lost the fire and their spirit is broken.
Correct training should be done in a way that it enhances the natural brilliance and beauty of the horse. The horse should be taught to work with you as a willing partner. He performs because he wants to, not because he has too. Training should be done through love and respect for the horse and in turn the horse will love and respect you. Only then will his true beauty shine. There will be a fire in his eyes and a lightness to his step. He will move with ease and grace. This is something that cannot be forced. Training a horse is an art form. Art and beauty can never be forced.
True beauty is a thing to be desired. A thing to be sought after and pursued. It is one of the great blessings we have been given by a God who loves us. It is something to be ever thankful for and to be treasured. It is something to be shared with the world.
“If a horse becomes more beautiful in the course of his work, it is a sign that the training principles are correct.”~Colonel Podhajsky