Equi Yoga, misc

Lessons from an old horse


I own a small property in a village on a lake in Northern Italy. When I was sixty years old I bought a fourteen year old gelding, semi abandoned. I had been riding since childhood, but had never actually owned a horse, so I was a complete greenhorn as far as husbandry was concerned. I kept the horse on the property and built a stable
and riding arena for him.
I would like here to make a semantic difference between ‘owning’ and ‘having’ a horse. When we say: I ‘have’ a dog, this means that the dog lives with you, either in your house, or in your garden. He does not live in the kennel, where you go and visit him once or twice a week to go for a little walk.Dona together with Cisco
In the same way, many people say that they ‘have’ a horse. This horse lives in the stables, and they go a couple of times a week to ride him, while other people, the owners of the stable, take care of him on a daily basis. For me, this is not ‘having’ a horse, but ‘owning’ a horse. To ‘have’ a horse means the same thing as to ‘have’ a dog: he lives with you, and you spend time feeding him
personally, cleaning his box, playing with him and working with him on a daily basis. Only in that way can you say that you ‘have’ a horse, and only in that way can you study him and come to know him personally, as a companion, as a friend, sometimes even as a teacher, in work and play.
When I bought my horse, he lived in the stable, where the previous owners only came occasionally, presumably to ride him. He was indifferent, suspicious, difficult to communicate with, uninterested in anything. To ‘domesticate’ this traumatized horse and to get him to trust me took many years, but the bond that resulted was extremely strong. He spent twelve years with me before he died of a strangling colic.
Because of our relationship, I felt that part of my life had died with him, and that I had to start a new phase in my life, without him, keeping however all the lessons I had learned about horses in general and Cisco in particular.cisco-together
This book is dedicated to all those horse owners who want to establish a deep, sincere and lasting relationship with their horse. Not just riding him and maybe competing, but living with him and establishing a relationship of trust and friendship that goes beyond the mere use of him. The road may not be easy, as it was in my case, but the rewards will change your life forever.
Not for nothing in Greek mythology it was the Winged Horse, Pegasus, that brought the poets to the realms of the gods, where love and poetry are the breath of life.
Only your horse can take you there.