The Role and Responsibility of a Horsewomen

The relationship that exists between a horse and a woman is a stronger bond than anydream relationship that exists. By nature, the horse is a sensitive, intelligent, trusting and willing animal of incredible size and stature. With time, patience and consistent training a rider can achieve poetry in motion. With quiet, correct and subtle aids the horse responds and performs movements that possess both power and grace. The love and trust that develops between a horse and a woman cannot be understood by anyone who has not experienced it for herself.

danceThe role of the horsewoman is to improve her horse’s and her own physical strength and suppleness. In addition to time spent riding, the horsewoman should include daily grooming sessions, which are essential to the horse’s healthy skin and coat, as well as improving overall circulation. Groundwork and time spent with your horse is as important as the time spent on your horse. The emotional care of the horse is many times neglected in our busy time schedules. touchThe horse looks forward to the companionship spent with their owner or rider, especially when they are virtually standing in their stall for 16 hours a day. The time you take to give your horse a treat and loving kiss or pat may be the highlight of their day.

loveThe responsibility of the horsewoman is to ensure that he horse always has access to clean water. This applies to the time when the horse is outside as well as the time in their stall. After a horse is ridden they will automatically drink their water, and it is the rider’s responsibility to make sure they have at least ½ bucket left at the appropriate temperature. (Remember your horse cannot get this for himself!) It is also the horsewoman’s responsibility to make sure that her horse is eating well, and in good health. Most importantly, the horse depends upon us to care for and improve the quality of their daily life. The relationship that we share with our horse provides physical skill, mental concentration and a spiritual sense of peace and fulfillment that cannot be found in any other aspect of our lives.

Written by Cheryl Connell-Marsh
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From the story of Princeton – Horses of My Heart

JasperandPrinctonFrom the story of Princeton

“One of Princeton’s greatest joys was to veer out of line during a lesson and take an unsuspecting child over a jump. Despite his small size, Princeton loved to jump the biggest fences in the ring. Unfortunately, Princeton was never concerned with the jumping ability of his rider, but somehow they all managed to stay on, even if they had never jumped before!

Over the last several years of Princeton’s life, he and Jasper had become best friends. On his final day, as Dr. Rachel and I prepared to put Princeton to sleep, Jasper suddenly appeared at the gate to watch us and be there for his best friend as he passed from this earth. Jasper walked over exactly at the right moment, as if he knew what was happening. I believe that these two friends were able to communicate with each other in a way that we humans are just beginning to understand. As Princeton quietly dropped to the ground, Jasper nickered his final farewell to his old, dear friend.”

Except from Horses of My Heart – written by Cheryl Connell-Marsh. For more information on the book, please check out the Horses of My Heart Facebook page.