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.