Humankind has long shared a bond with the equine species. From charging us through battle, to tending our fields and livestock, to competing with us in the show ring, the relation humans have shared with horses is nothing short of a partnership.
The infamous cave paintings in Alta Mira, Spain, date this relationship between homo sapien and equus to possibly 18,000 years back. While style and saddles have evolved over the centuries, one dynamic surely has not changed: those who enjoy the benefits of this partnership have taken the time to listen, to learn and to be kind in their horse-rider dynamic.
Photo credit: Ronin Des Bois
The reality that horses are still very much intertwined with our lives speaks to its depth and value. There are as many teachers as there are individuals in the equine world. Yielded to the process of learning, we can always improve our communication and experience as riders and handlers. And if we let them, they can teach us how to move past our fears and what it means to embody compassion and care for another.