Humans and horses have a long history of connection and partnership. During the Renaissance, horses and horseback riding held an essential symbolic function in defining the identity of the aristocratic classes. Horsemanship at that time was changing from battlefield functionality performed in heavy armor to an art performed for pleasure and to demonstrate the energy of the horse and the courage and skill of the rider to onlookers. With strength and elegance, horses played a central role in helping the nobility shine before common people with displays of pageantry and jousting at public tournaments and feasts.
In modern times, it's perhaps an understatement to say that horses continue to fascinate and hold wide appeal! Horses are living art forms that remind us of the natural wonders of the world. This in turn inspires us to live our lives at a higher level. In addition, studies have shown that relationships with horses have physical and therapeutic qualities, being both good for the body and good for the mind. For nonriders, there is a meditative quality to grooming a horse, cleaning stalls, and feeding that may provide similar benefit to meditation.
For many years of my life, I have enjoyed the company of horses. While I am currently horseless, in true "coach, coach thyself" fashion, I am taking action to remedy that situation! I love the colors of the leaves in autumn here in southwestern Pennsylvania and have fond memories of trailrides through the woods. By achieving financial, physical, and other horse-related requirements, next autumn I will be back on a horse and back on the trail!