I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leapt with the sound.
God forbid that I should go to any heaven where there are no horses.
~R. B. Cunningham-Graham (in a 1917 letter to Theodore Roosevelt)
When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
~William Shakespeare, Henry V
No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
Here lies the body of my good horse, The General. For years he bore me around the circuit of my practice and all that time he never made a blunder. Would that his master could say the same.
~John Tyler’s epitaph for his horse
When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
Excerpts from the book Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson:
“Stealing horses is stealing power” was a statement made in historical native America and a reference to the esteemed role which Horse played in the native cultures. Horse is physical power and unearthly power. In shamanic practices throughout the world, Horse enables shamans to fly through the air and reach heaven.
Humanity made a great leap forward when Horse was domesticated, a discovery akin to that of fire. Before Horse, humans were earthbound, heavy-laden, and slow creatures indeed. Once humans climbed on Horse’s back, they were as free and fleet as the wind. They could carry burdens for great distances with ease. Through their special relationship with Horse, humans altered their self-concept beyond measure. Horse was the first animal medicine of civilization. Humanity owes an incalculable debt to Horse and to the new medicine it brought. It would be a long walk to see one’s brother or sister if Horse had not welcomed the two-legged rider upon its back. Today we measure the capacity of engines with the term “horsepower,” a reminder of the days when Horse was an honored and highly-prized partner with humanity.
Horse is related especially with the power of knowledge and wisdom and with communication and sharing.
Use your talents.
Own who you are becoming.
And here for you, because I am all about horses today, is a delightful video of a gorgeous Friesian foal enjoying his first meeting with a ball. I do recommend putting your computer on mute though. I’m not sure why these enjoyable few minutes would need loud rock music cranked through it, but that’s just me! The power of play displayed here warms my heart. I hope you enjoy!