“For the young, the practice of equitation is a valuable lesson, as it requires the exercise of all human virtue. If they are introduced to the practice of riding by understanding and patient teachers, then they too will develop these traits. The young rider grows to realize the horse is a partner rather than a slave who also deserves love and understanding.” – Nuno Oliveira
Horses are remarkable creatures. They are sensitive, intelligent and immensely powerful, all of which is willingly yielded to a sensitive and skilled horseman.
While I did not have the privilege of riding horses in my youth, I have of late endeavored to spend as much time in the saddle as life permits. I feel tremendously privileged to train with an understanding and patient teacher and my kind and uncomplaining horse invariably inspires me to embody the human virtues I hold so dear in mind and heart.
Riding master Nuno Oliveira couldn’t have spoken more truly than when he said: “…the practice of equitation is a valuable lesson as it requires the exercise of all human virtue.” In my own experience on horseback I’ve noticed that courage, prudence, compassion, wisdom and resolution have helped me gain a better understanding of the subtleties of this art. The understanding and harmony of horse and rider can improve over time, especially if the rider devotes himself to the study of human virtue, first and foremost.