Most important is love of the horse. It is the leitmotiv that should underlie all our intercourse with this most lovable of creatures. A horse will overcome its inborn shyness and gain confidence, the fundamental condition of mutual understanding, with a man whose love it feels….Anyone who loves his horse will be patient, and patience, inexhaustible patience — especially when psychological and physical defects are present — is necessary to make the horse understand what we want of it. Patience is equally necessary in order not to grow immoderately demanding, which always happens when we do not reward an initial compliance by immediate cessation of the demand, but try to enjoy a victory until the horse becomes cross or confused.
Waldemar Seunig, Horsemanship
“No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.”
– Herman Melville
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