The Horse In The Holiday Tradition on By The Love Of Horses
(The above is a lithograph entitled "American Homestead - Winter" produced by Currier and Ives.)
This year, it will be a rather difficult Holiday Season for many individuals and families. We are all, perhaps, feeling a little like the solitary traveller with his little horse in Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening.”
Listen as we will explore some of the ways in which the horse takes its special place during the Holiday Season and does so in ways that bring us cheer. To do this, you might say that we have invited a number of different “guests.” We have invited artists who are poets, authors and song writers to join us to help us celebrate the horse's special place during the Holidays.
As a rider at 60 years old, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride at 94 years old. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.
I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.
If you are interested in sharing your experiences of horses, whether of riding or not, in the past, or more recently, on my show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca
By The Love Of Horses is written by Doug Allen, a student of history at the University of Toronto, who believes in the need to be versed in country things. Doug’s father travelled extensively by horse on the Canadian prairies and his uncle as a small boy wept at the passing of a family horse. He is writing a novel set in Winnipeg, Canada exploring the nature of indigenous and non-indigenous relations and what it means to come home.
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