Blaze a new trail to the mountaintop and always look ahead, not back. Breathe deep of horse sweat and wildflowers and mossy creekbanks and hardtack.                                        ___Janice Gilbertson
THE HORSES
“What I have learned about hallowed places is that my altars and shrines are where horses run.  Horses know nothing of money, status, beauty or accomplishment.  Horses see only our hearts, and they accept or reject us based on what they find withnin.  In short, horses do naturally what humans can pas a lifetime without ever mastering.”                                           ___ Mary D. Midkiff
“Look back at man’s struggle for freedom, trace our present day’s strength to it’s source, and you will finnd man’s pathway to glory is strewn with the bones of the horse.”                                                                  ___ Anon
“Once in their life, every horse should be loved by a little girl.”                                                                 ___Anon
“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not  like what you see. Sometimes, you will.”                                                                   ___Buck Brannaman            
“We are Horse People because we can not experience what it is to truly run free...without the horse. We are Horse People because we can not experience the truly selfless nature of being...without the horse. When horses suffer, we suffer. When horses die, a little of each of us die. We are connected because we are Horse People.”                                                              ___Anon
“Dearest creator in Heaven Give me strength to guide my horse Make my hands soft and my head clear Let my horse understand me and I him My heart you have blessed with a special love of these animals Let me never loose sight of it. My soul you have gifted with a deep need for them. Let that need never lessen. Always let my breath catch as the sun gleams on an elegant head. Always may my throat tighten at the sound of a gentle nicker. Let the scent of fresh hay and a new bag of grain be sweet to me. Let the touch of a warm nose on my hand always bring a smile. I adore the joy of a warm day on the farm. The grace and splendor of a running horse. The thunder of hooves makes my eyes burn and my heart soar. Let it always be so Dearest Creator, grant me patience. For horses are harnessed wind and wind can be flighty. Let me not frighten or harm them. Instead show me ways to understand them. Above all dear Creator, fill my life with them. When I pass from this world, Send my soul to no heaven without them. For this love you have given me graces my existence And I shall cherish and praise you for it for all time.”                                                         ___Author unknown "Riding is both a dance and a conversation between rider and horse and it cannot proceed productively without feel; feel for the horse, feel of the horse and then let him feel back to you.  To me, it's like music. A lot of people play music by ear, so they don't see every note.  And a lot of people ride a horse that way. So the horse fills in those spots that aren't so good. But if you're trying to train a horse, that can get real confusing for him. But if you know every note - every whole note, every half, quarter and eighth note - then the horse doesn't have to fill in.  He knows what's there... I don't make the same mistake twice because I'm too busy making new ones.  That's how I learn.”      __Ray Hunt “The strongest halter on earth is the horse’s mind.”   _John Lyons
“You ride the horse you lead." __John Lyons
“No equestrian excellence, no thing of beauty astride, can be achieved in any discipline without the Centaur-like merging of human and horse. What this involves goes beyond the individual attributes of athleticism. It’s the neuro-muscular merging of the two so that the lines between the nervous systems -- the shared reflexes and unified centers of gravity -- are all but indistinguishable.” __Bobbie Lieberman
“We are Horse People because we cannot experiencee what it is to truly run free...without the horse. We are Horse People because we cannot experience the truly selfless nature of being...without the horse. When horses suffer, we suffer. When horses die, we die. When horses die, a little of each of us die. We are connected because we are Horse People.”                              ___Frank Solano, Endurance Rider, US Navy SEAL
“If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your life with them.  Our horses know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes and whisper our hopes into their ears.  a barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered placewhere life’s true priorities are clear; a warm place to sleep, someone who loves us, and the luxury of regular meals.  Some of us need these reminders.”                               ___From “God Jumps” by Lauren Davis Baker
“The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated”                                                                     ____Mahatma Ghandi