Re: Horses As I See Them By Ian McMurchy
I will look for more writing by Ian. I wish I'd discovered him while he was still alive.
My wife and I currently own three horses. Two Icelandic horses and a quarter horse. I've never hunted with them. I'm 67, been riding since I was 10, almost can't remember when I didn't know how to ride. There are a couple of things that can simplify your time dealing with horses:
First, the key to understanding a horse is to realize it is a prey species. A horse thinks of itself as something else's lunch. If you think about it, with out going into detail, this explains a lot of the behavior of a horse and how it has developed.
Second, as big and strong as a horse is, we can only do with them what they allow us to do. If they weren't as willing as they are, they'd just kill you and walk away peacefully. Ian was right, they are big and well equipped for taking on a human. Fortuantely for us, they are some of the most cooperative, willing, animals around.
Third, a horse is always being trained. There is never a time you are with a horse that it isn't cataloging what you are doing and storing that data. That is in effect training. Horses don't only listen when you think you are training them, they are always listening, and remembering.
Finally, a good horse is never a bad color.