For native Indians the horse represents mobility, stamina, strength and power. It also represents loyalty, love, devotion and mutual respect.
When I think of a horse the first thing thats pops in my mind is: Free Spirit
But when I look around at what is going on in stables and how humans use these wise beings, unfortunately I don’t see a lot of spirit left in the horses.
Instead I see humans controlling their horses with equipments produced exactly for that purpose. I see humans, who don’t smile, ever…they look more like their riding towards war. Everything is heavy and so serious. And if you look at the horse you will see the exact same picture.
Especially in equine sports I don’t see the free spirit, the beauty and majesty that horses represent. Instead I see horses in pain, stress and completely robbed of their dignity. You just have to look in their eyes.
The domestic horse is the most abused animal. The definition of slavery is the following: “The condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner’s control, especially in involuntary servitude.” Now replace the word person with horse. Is this not exactly what is happening in equine sports and in general to a lot of horses?
So, what happens when we don’t use our horse anymore? EVERYTHING!
The more freedom we give our horses, the more we will get in return. When we start to work (I rather prefer to say: being) with the horse on a free will basis, we start to give our horse back her dignity, her majesty, her pride, her beauty, her power and her free spirit.
In return we will receive their trust, friendship, loyalty and love. The moments spent with the horse will turn into special moments. Everything happens spontaneously and without expectations. The moment will give us exactly what we need. The horse, when given the free will, is one of the most balanced spiritual animals.
Sometimes, its being in silence through meditation, sometimes its being relaxed through grooming and sometimes its being active together through dancing.
But these things will only be possible when the horse has the choice. The horse has to be given the possibility to leave at any time. And we have to accept respectfully her desicion.
Me and Ari started to dance together, it doesn’t happen often, but when it does it is so much fun. In order for that to happen I have to be very balanced, alert and very much aware of my body. Every step happens in a rhythmic move and full concentration.
Our horses can help us find our own free spirit, but only when given the free will to do so. Because there is no greater spirit than the free spirit of a horse!