I would just like to emphasize how generous it is for our horses to let us ride them. These incredible creatures, despite how domestic they've become, are prey animals. The fact that they trust us and allow us to sit on them at all is incredible. I think sometimes we forget that horses were once wild animals. We take advantage of our ability to ride them- which is okay, but we need to remember to thank our horses. I mean really thank them- every time we ride. Every ride, even the bad ones, are a gift from our horses. Every time you ride a horse, you are taking a chance. There's always a possibility that you could get hurt. So when you finish a ride on your horse, thank him/her for keeping you safe.
The bond between horses and their riders is one that can't be explained through words- you just have to feel it. Every rider has bad days, as well as every horse. We have to find an understanding and learn how to communicate with each horse we ride. It's incredible how smart horses are as well. They have the capacity to learn what we are asking by the placement and pressure of our legs, the way we handle our reigns, even the position of our seat. They also know how to remove us from their backs and are fully capable of doing serious damage to us- and often we ignore this fact and push our horses too far. You know those days when your horse just frustrates you so much that for a moment you think that you want to quit? Horses have those moments too, only it's their rider that frustrates them! Riding horses sometimes becomes a challenge of who is more patient.
Horses are gentle creatures, and for centuries have worked alongside mankind through good and bad. Despite their size and power, horses have a deep connection with us humans and they are very generous creatures. They can read our emotions better than we can sometimes. I believe that horses know how much we depend on them emotionally and, when we are riding, physically, to keep us safe. We owe it to our horses to recognize all that they do for us. They make life an adventure, and give us unconditional love. The fact that horses trust us so much, and let us into their beautiful lives still amazes me. Seeing my horse never fails to brighten my day, and I thank him every chance I get for being such a reliable friend.
I think all of us horse lovers are very blessed and there's so much to learn from our horses. Horses open our eyes to a new perspective on life, and relationships. Next time you see your horses, I hope you all will thank them for everything they so generously contribute into your life. Maybe even throw in an extra carrot while you're at it.