This is an invitation to you to share your story about the lesson(s) you have learned from your connection to your horse, or horses, or the equestrian world in more general terms.
We at RSE want to celebrate all things equestrian. We understand that when we use the term equestrian, we are talking about the intersection of horse and rider. And when we speak of those who enjoy and embrace an equestrian lifestyle, we are speaking more broadly, to include everyone who enjoys the spirit of the equestrian world, to embrace everyone who enjoys the idea of living in a world where there is room and time for the enjoyment of horses.
Part of the enjoyment of living a life which includes horses, either up close or from a distance, includes learning from our interactions with them. In a very real way, these animals ask us to look back at ourselves. They ask us to look honestly at ourselves. In this way, we learn not only about the care of, and interaction with, horses, but we also learn about ourselves by means of our interactions with them. They become a means by which we learn about ourselves.
We all learn many things from our horses and dogs and other pet animals. In revisiting Samantha King’s RSE blog from September, for example, we could not help but be intrigued by all the lessons that were learned by her from her horse, Murdoch [https://redscarfequestrian.ca/blogs/equestrian-horse-blog/lessons-my-first-horse-taught-me].
Among the lessons learned from our association with horses, however, like so many pieces of hand written stories scattered on the floor, the window of our hearts wide open to these creatures that ask us to be the best that we can be, we also find stories of healing.
Indeed, the association between the horse and healing is a very long one. In Greek mythology, the Greek god of healing, Asklepios, for example, who himself received his healing wisdom from the half-horse, half-man, the Centaur, Cheiron, at times is said to have prescribed horseback riding as part of his cure. (Jenny March, The Penguin Book of Classical Myths (Toronto: Penguin Group, 2009) pp. 78-79) and https://books.google.ca/books?id=peygDgAAQBAJ&pg=PT56&lpg=PT56&dq=asclepius+prescribed+horse+riding&source=bl&ots=n6iTtLSzQv&sig=X5X1m2p6fpk_4BgQ3nAc9idn42I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiWkbW73_zdAhXIxlkKHa5rDvIQ6AEwAHoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=asclepius%20prescribed%20horse%20riding&f=false
We are, then, growing in our belief that we are healed in some real way by our very association with horses. And our goal in these pages is to explore that healing and the many lessons we have learned, to explore even the very sense of goodness which derives from our interaction with them.
Red Scarf Equestrian wants to encourage the building of connections and community by initiating a “Corner” on our website where stories of the lessons learned from interactions with a horse or horses can be shared.
Part of our attraction to the equestrian world and lifestyle, moreover, is in part an attraction to others who share the same outlook. In this way, the horse has a way of helping us to build community. Still, community is also, of course, very much founded on the sharing of stories. And thus, to this end, we at Red Scarf Equestrian wants to encourage the building of connections and community by initiating a “Corner” on our website where stories of the lessons learned from interactions with a horse or horses can be shared. We encourage you, then, to share your story of what you have learned from your horse. We will post selected stories for everyone to read and in this way, we hope to not only celebrate the relationship between individual and horse, but at the same time develop our sense of connection with others who cherish horses and their wholesome impact on our lives.
Please send your story to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing what you have learned from these magnificent creatures.