What is the
Perfect Horse? I think most of us have daydreamed of
it-- images of a majestic black stallion with a flowing mane
and tail, or golden palomino mare with a perfect blaze come
to mind. But I don't think that is the Perfect Horse. I think
the Perfect Horse is more like the one that I rode as a kid
on a ranch, a horse that is less of a fantasy and more of a
teacher and friend.
Horse isn't necessarily stunningly beautiful;
In fact, he's probably gotten a few scars and dings from life.
He's probably been hurt but lived through it, been scared but
overcome it, and ready to teach his rider to do the same.
Horse is not just arena-ridden. He
will let you feel what it's like to gallop into the ocean waves,
chase a neighbor's cows, or play tag on horseback.
Horse will buck you off when you deserve it, but wait
patiently for you to get back on.
Horse has problems; He will teach you to deal with
them. The Perfect Horse knows that you can't learn to be a skilled
horseman if everything goes your way.
Horse will challenge you, but only as much as you are
ready to handle. He will teach you that you still have more
Horse is tough; He will gallop when he's too tired,
jump obstacles that are too high, and go up hills that are too
steep. He can handle the results of your ignorance or youth.
He will make you, years later, look back and shake your head
in amazement, and think, "I can't believe he did that for
Horse is not, however, a superhorse. He may go lame
or colic, or suffer from an abcess. He will teach you there
is more to horsemanship that just riding.
Horse will forgive you when you make mistakes, and
expects you to do the same. He will try to ignore the tack that
doesn't fit right, the confusing signals, and will do his best
Horse will not live on air. He will need food and water
daily and a clean shelter to live in. He will teach you to work,
but it will be worth it.
Horse may not be the prettiest or the fastest, but
he has the most heart. When he wins a ribbon,
you know he really deserved it.
Horse loves a good carrot and a pat on the neck. In
fact, that is his greatest reward; A little treat, a little
love, and appreciation is what the Perfect Horse lives for.
My Perfect Horse was--
and still is-- my little chestnut quarter horse, Quin, and I dedicate
this essay to him. Your Perfect Horse may be different. He or
she may be all of the above or not. He may be old or young, a
pony or a draft horse. He may have more problems or more attributes.
But if you're smiling, crying, or understanding as you read this,
then chances are you too have known a Perfect Horse.
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