Throughout the ages, horses have been used by mankind in his battles, for ploughing fields, mining coal and transporting goods and people in rural areas and in fast growing cities. Horses have played a vital role in our history, and they are loved by many as affectionate and loyal companions.
The following poem is about a woman and her feelings for her most faithful friend, her horse, and her thoughts about losing him someday.
My Noble Steed
Throughout time I have traveled with you,
my noble steed,
across the Kingdom of the Pharaohs,
you have traversed the land
with lightening speed...
in all terrains and adversity
to fight the battles with men
to witness, firsthand, the wages of war
and mankind's inhumanity...
to whatever fate you have resigned-
only to ask that when you die,
we will be there at your side.
I see a gallant soul
in your eyes...
With the pulse of your stride,
through forest and field,
I feel each beat of your heart
and ask that we shall never part.
If this world should
come to an end,
I only ask that you be with me
my valiant friend…
and if destiny should decree
that you go before I,
emblazoned in the sky,
so shall I see you with wings as you fly
as your ancestor winged Pegasus.
In the depth of my soul
with each and every breath,
I pray that you will be with me after death.
Horses (Celtic Woman - The Voice)
Black Beauty, A Favorite Book About a Horse
Narrated by the horse himself, this beloved classic shines a light on the cruelties that animals suffer at the hands of humans. It is full of simple moral lessons and takes the reader from the beauty of a spring country evening to the hard working life of Victorian London. It offers a fascinating, detailed portrait of Victorian English life and a meaningful reminder of the simple truth that animals have feelings.
Black Beauty was the only novel by Anna Sewell and and the first major animal story in children’s literature. The author wrote it “to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses”; it was published in 1877, shortly before Sewell’s death.
Confined to her house as an invalid, Sewell spent the last seven or eight years of her life writing Black Beauty. The book, a fictional autobiography of a gentle highbred horse, had a strong moral purpose and is said to have been instrumental in abolishing the cruel practice of using the checkrein.
I highly recommend this book for both children and adults not only because it is a great story but for its profound message too.
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