Yesterday I lost a fine friend, my Arabian stallion Egptus Pharo, who shared my life for almost twenty-five years. He was born in April 1983 at Heaven’s Gate Arabians in Dimondale, Michigan– I purchased him when he was two years old. A gentle, intelligent animal, he was always a joy to handle, but full of awesome grace and power. At feeding time I’d set down his feed pan outside the paddock fence– just within his reach– and he would reach under the bottom rail, grab the edge and pull it in to help himself to dinner. It was a little game we played…one of so many that I will remember.
My thanks go out to Egptus Pharo for all those good years we were able to share…and my deep gratitude to Ron, my kind husband who makes all things possible, who took such care to make this farewell to a great horse a respectful one, and gentle as possible on me.
Losing Pharo has brought to mind all the wonderful horses I have had over the years…and how much they enriched my life from my early childhood in Minnesota on to my present life in New York State. How lucky I was, to grow up in a time and place where I could ride from dawn ‘til dusk and spend my free time outdoors. I think about the sense of responsibility these horses taught me, that they were dependent on my care in return for their care of me. It now seems miraculous to me that most of my childhood friends were able to keep a horse in their back yard, even though we were all from lower to middle income families…but upon our horses we lived like Kings!
When I wasn’t riding horses, I was reading about them. I’ve decided that today I would share the titles of a few of my favorite books about horses that inspired me as I was growing up. Perhaps you or someone you know can be inspired as well.
Hobby Horse Hill, Lavinia Davis
The Horsemasters, Don Stanford
The Black Stallion (entire series), Walter Farley
National Velvet, Edith Bagnold
Scarlet Royal , Anne Emery
The Complete Training of the Horse and Rider, Alois Podhajsky
A Horse of Your Own, M. A. Stoneridge
The Horse of the Desert, W. R. Brown
My Horses, My Teachers, Alois Podhajsky
My Quest for the Arabian Horse, Homer Davenport
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Drinkers of the Wind, Carl Raswan
King of the Wind, Marguerite Henry
And Miles to Go, Linell Smith
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“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals… In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”