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"A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse" -William Shakesphere | "The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears."-Arabian proverb | "A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor" -Ancient Greek historian Xenophon (c. 430-350 BC) | "Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?" -The Bible, Book of Job, 39: 19 | "We can use the wisdom of an old horse. Release the old horses and follow them, and thereby reach the right road." -Guan Zhong, Chinese politician and scholar (725-645 BC) | "God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses." -Scottish politician R.B. Cunninghame-Graham in a letter to U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1917) | "Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day" -English rock group The Rolling Stones, "Wild Horses" (1971) | "It's like nuts and bolts... if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!" -The Horse Whisperer

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A Horse's Prayer...

"To thee, my master, I offer my prayer. Feed me, water and care for me,and, when the day's work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean, dry bed and a stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort. Always be kind to me.

Your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you more gladly and learn to love you.

Do not jerk the reins, and do not whip me when going uphill. Never strike, beat, or kick me when I do not understand what you want, but give me a chance to understand you.


Watch me, and if I fail to do your bidding, see if something is not wrong with my harness of feet.

Do not check me so that I cannot have free use of my head.

If you insist that I wear blinders, so that I cannot see behind me as it was intended I should, I pray you be careful that the blinders stand well out of my eyes.

Do not overload me, or hitch me where water will drip on me. Keep me well shod.

Examine my teeth when I do not eat; I may have an ulcerated tooth, and that, you know, is very painful.

Do not tie my head in an unnatural position, or take away my best defense against flies and mosquitoes by cutting off my tail.

I cannot tell you when I am thirsty, so give me clean, cool water often.

Save me, by all means in your power from that fatal disease - Colic. I cannot tell you in words when I am sick, so watch me, that by signs you may know my condition.

Give me all possible shelter from the hot sun, and put a blanket on me, not when I am working, but when I am standing in the cold.

Never put a frosty bit in my mouth; first warm it by holding it a moment in your hands.

I try to carry you and your burden without a murmur, and wait patiently for you long hours of the day or night.

Without the power to choose my shoes or path, I sometimes fall on hard pavement which I have oftern prayed might not be of wood but of such a nature as to give me safe and sure footing. Remember that I must be ready at any moment to lose my life in your service.

And finally, OH MY MASTER, when my useful strength is gone, do not turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner, to be slowly tortured and starved to death; but do thou, My Master, take my life in the kindest way, and you God will reward you here and hereafter.

You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him who was born in a stable."

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