“I see things changing, soon. The heart speaks volumes, the mind does listen, although a little slower than what the heart shows as truth. Change is in the air, it is in the water we drink, and the mountains we climb.” — John Cox, Cascade Journal
Let’s discuss, for a moment, the “Spirit” of the horse. There apparently is a lot of difference in this term, from one rider to another, or those that do not ride but love horses. So many, that when we discuss “Spirit” these days, I ask point blank, “What is it you think spirit is?”
I am in agreement with very few others when the matter discussed, as I believe that “Spirit” is the pure essence of the horse, and can sometimes only be found with others that are with their horse’s often. It is that inner “wild” part that all are born with. When left untouched or unaltered by humans’, it does allow the horse the power to remain true within itself, and to who they are as an individual. Today, I very much believe people have a problem with the term Independent as well, and feel uncomfortable around those of us who have an Independent nature about us – that inner-spirit that is elusive to many.
More so, it also gives the horse the power, or essential form, to be a member of their Band of Horse’s or family, or when placed together, as a Herd, and to remain prominent among the others. This is something that has taken millions of years of evolution, and their indigenous nature so to speak (which the wild horses are and have been indigenous to the America’s – their link is complete, as their actions also show us this when we leave them alone, or when we view without perceptions of myth, which are quite obvious) and which also ensures the survival of both the individual and the species as a whole. It is the human-nature of ignorance, of entitlement, of arrogant perception that demands this to be taken away from the wild horses.
Unfortunately, as other’s have pointed out to me as well, this is the type of “Spirit” that many old horse trainers wanted altered, or “broken out” of them, which they assumed would make them better at utility objectives, like transport or being ridden without temperament, or being useable. And just as unfortunate, this “Spirit” I speak of here, has indeed been intentionally watered-down by humans, through many centuries of selective breeding, of the domestic horse.
I believe this ancient “Spirit” I speak of here is lacking in domestic horses, and those that deal with wild horses, at least a few, must understand this to break a wild horse correctly – although, most do not understand this at all, and apparently many go to auction — and the trainers, no doubt, not knowing what it is they do not know.
This is mostly due to not having a thorough knowledge of how to work with them, all the while to maintain this “Spirit” as discussed here. The fact is, all the things that make a horse a horse, are those things within this “Ancient Spirit” — a horse that remains untouched by human’s, no intervention what so ever, and the known fact, other than and beyond human perception, the natural nature of a horse is its connection to the “Wilderness – to the Wilds”.
As a result, most horse people have never experienced or even seen this “Ancient Spirit” I speak of here. It is this “Spirit” (i.e. or lack of knowledge on how to reinforce the same, rather than train the horse), when ignored or left unseen and onward with domestic training, that the horse appears erratic, high-strung, and with very animated behavior; which, are the attritional aspects of breeding that were never meant to be; but, remained within the ancient portion of the horse’s mind-set itself – which, and I am not surprised, ends up as some sort of new explanation as what the “Spirit” of the horse is, within this false perception or lack of thorough knowledge about the “Spirit of the Horse” that in simple terms, many horse people do not understand at all.
What develops here is the term “Spirit” no longer refers to the horse’s internal or external presence, and as dictated by Nature – but rather toward a horse’s human-made behavior. So, we use human-made breed controls, dangerous pesticides, and roundups that establish a pre-tense to slaughter and edible product, mostly because human’s do not understand the very elements, or mental-mind set as a basic-aspect, within the domestic horse and what we have created.
So, understanding the wild horse, all the while placing it within what we supposed to be understandable-terms we use today, that actually, and in realty, have nothing to do with a truthful explanation of wild horses at all. We lose so much, to include our wild horses, by our menial attempts at humanizing Nature’s Best, the wild horse, so we can manipulate or profit from them. And off we go, hypocrites with hands in pocket, and those involved wanting to blame everyone else. . . Change is eminent, as ignorance only lasts for so long.