How can you join spines with a horse?

Riding looks as easy as sliding a boot into a stirrup and throwing a leg over the horses back. As simple as kick ’em and they go. The horse is a creature of habit and tolerance. It’s ride enough.

But if the human rattle and bang of expectation will go quiet, there is a flash, in the space of time between, a foot letting loose of the earth and a seat settling in the saddle, joining spines with a horse.

In that vulnerable second, you might glimpse an ageless intellect; have an intuition that the inside of a horse has a terrain of its own. Pause there at the edge. Understand his sovereignty. A horse is beyond our control in this physical world but there is a place where entrance is gained by invitation. No need to call out, he knows you’re there. Clean yourself up, tidy those emotions. When you’re ready , he’ll bring you inside.

Poem by Anna Blake from her book Horse Prayers.

Photo by Susan Stickle official photographer at the Global Dressage Festival.





6 responses to “How can you join spines with a horse?”

  1. Priti Avatar


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  2. Lesley Avatar

    Oh, I love that, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Anna Blake has a wonderful way with words about horses

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  3. Emma Cownie Avatar

    A beautiful poem. Thank you

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  4. Firn Hyde Avatar

    Spine to spine and soul to soul ❤

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