Stop and Smell the Horses


Cargo and Karen taking a breather in the outdoors pen. Karen is watching another rider, and Cargo is just taking a quick power nap. It is far from my best photo, but it tells a story.

Horses are so much better at this than  most people. They live in the present, and they are happiest when everything is serene and everyone is content. A horse who trusts its human is happy to be used as a lean-to while taking a nap. They do things together,  not to each other. The human does not need to control the horse, and the horse needs not fear the human. Building up trust is the foundation exercise upon which all horse work is erected.

It’s a good story.