My source for this story comes from the Netherlands. It was written by a young girl named Inge Janssen who tells us about her love for a Spanish lesson horse. This story and countless others like it are what horses mean to avid horse lovers, riders and everyone who has ever formed a close bond with a horse. It is a particularly strong bond that forms between a trusted riding horse and an enthusiastic young person and, most often, lasts for a lifetime.
Young Inge Janssen writes A Sweet and Beautiful Horse:
When I see her, she makes me smile. I love her so much. She is a Spanish horse. She stands on stable at an equestrian [riding school]. Also at that riding school I learn to horseback ride well in dressage category. In short about Bonito: a very sweet and beautiful horse.
I have a special bond with her. The first time I met her, I thought she was spooky. She was running away while she was prancing. When my instructor told me I have to ride this horse, I was a little afraid. A woman there told me to be not afraid and believed in me. That lesson I start to love her.
In Ms Janssen’s own words, she tells us that she is happy around the horse – she smiles when she sees the animal. The horse is one of the lesson horses at an equestrian facility where Ms Janssen is learning to ride dressage. She puts it simply – that the horse is very sweet and beautiful.
We can be certain that young riders love the horses they ride, learn much from them, and always think they are beautiful and sweet. They go from week to week anxiously awaiting the time they will ride again.
The youngsters work hard and learn so much by their association with horses, other riders and their instructor. Years of observing riders with their horses in a lesson setting, and especially youngsters, have taught us that riders learn obedience, attention, posture, effort, discipline, calm and that practice makes perfect. They learn to be gentle, kind and effective with the horse because the horse itself responds well when the kids display firmness with kindness.
Ms Jannsen continues her short story:
She did what I was taught. While I was riding, I said, ‘Thank you very much’ to the woman who believed in me. After that special lesson, I went to my instructor to ask if I can ride Bonito the next lesson again. Since that lesson, I know she is a very special sweet horse. Now I have a very close bond with her like you can see on the picture.
The young lady learned at the riding school and applied that learning to Bonito. Apparently both horse and rider got to know each other and, as Ms Janssen’s confidence level went up, they formed an even closer bond.
How truly wonderful it is to watch a youngster form an association with an animal, especially a horse. It is a bond that is tight and mutual. The horse learns to look forward to being with the youngster, responding willingly and to the best of his ability to please. But it is the rider who walks away from each riding lesson with knowledge of incomparable value. Just watch the elation and sense of accomplishment after a ride. The rider comes alive, chatty, exuberant. Riders gain a confidence level, trust, feeling of achievement, respect, and an undisputed love and humane caring for the horse and other animals.
The horse/human bond that becomes mutual is an amazing wonder to witness. It develops into a passion and sets the pace for the youngster to be an accomplished and successful human being.
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