Equestrian Tact

Equestrian Tact by Gregg Hake

The horse, ’tis true, does always talk
In canter, trot and even walk.
With open heart and knowledge armed,
He’ll soon reveal how he is charmed.

Your mind and body both at ease
Will fast draw forth his will to please.
The slightest move sends a message
So be alert, all does presage.

His might and mane are yours in fact
When you boast equestrian tact.

For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer. There would be a great deal more ungracefulness than beauty in either a horse or a man that was so treated. No, he should show off all his finest and most brilliant performances willingly and at a mere sign.
– Xenophon, 4th Century B.C.

3 thoughts on “Equestrian Tact

  • I love your message here. It can sound hokey but love does make the world go ’round. The opposite of it just impedes it’s naturally beautiful movement.

  • How we treat animals, especially how we treat those we live the closest with, is indicative of our overall attitude toward life. You can force a dog, a horse, or a hawk to obey, but you will only be able to get so much out of them. When they want to obey because they love you, their full potential can shine.
    You can also bull your way through life, forcing things to bend to your will, but it will never be what it could have been. Treat with love and with respect, and your life’s full potential will be achievable.

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