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October 23, 2017

Horse Love … Healthy Active Life Style with Sense of freedom and power

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The relationship between a horse and a human is an old one. It goes way back. Before 3500 BC humans knew how to deal with the wild horses. They used them for agriculture, hunting, carrying luggage for long journeys, and later on sports!

Nowadays horses are still bred, for many sports like dressage, jumping, western riding and driving (horse-drawn carriage). For the most success in any horse-related activity, you have to build a good relationship with the horse to get the best of the best.There are countless reasons to love the companionship of horses. Here are a few thoughts that jump out at me why I love horses and include horses in my life.

Horses are creatures of beauty. Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but horses have inspired artists and poets through the ages. I am awed by the sight of a herd of horses galloping through a field – powerful, independent beasts but stunning to view. They 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.

Riding is all around great exercise. Burning calories and toning muscles while enjoying nature is the ultimate. The combination of barn work, grooming, and regular riding is one of the best kept fitness secrets around.

There are many social activities related to horses. From hanging out at the barn with friends to going to shows or group trail rides, horses keep their owners in touch with other humans. Horses give you an instant common bond with other horse admirers. This bond overcomes cultural and societal differences.

I keep horses because I love to ride, but it’s not the only reason. Truth is even if I didn’t ride I would keep horses because I love being around them. Horses relax you and intuitively seem to know what you need. I have come to appreciate this aspect of horses with the passage of time. As a kid horses meant riding and being with my friends. Now they act as natural tranquilizers – their very presence can lower my blood pressure and improve my mood. I simply enjoy watching them do their normal horsey activities – from munching on hay to rolling on their backs in the sandpit.

Horses not only bring pleasure, but can provide emotional support. They seem to sense depression and pain in a person and will often react in amazing ways.

Incorporating horses into your life is a good way to make to make healthy living part a habit. Horses are dependent on us for care and that forces us to stay active on a regular basis.

Sense of freedom and power. Horses free us from many of the limitations of our bodies. Short and dumpy? Weak and frail? Crawl aboard a powerful horse and you’re freed from your weaknesses.

Horses see our inner selves. They don’t care if we are the President of a company or the janitor in the local middle school. They see us as we really are. There is no room for ego with your relationship with a horse. You have to earn their respect. You have to be honest with them and yourself.

Spending time up close and personal with a horse renews your sense of wonder. I can’t think of a better way to appreciate the enchantment of life than riding a horse along a mountain pass or across a spring green meadow. If life is tearing you apart, simplify your life by spending time in nature with a horse. Horses are the essence of nature. What better way to return to natural old fashion ways than to ride a horse.

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