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For the Love of Horses


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.

–Lora Hollings

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.

Movies Based on The Riveting Story of Black Beauty

From The Beloved Classic Comes An Inspiring New Vision

© 2020 Lora Hollings


Lora Hollings (author) on December 18, 2020:

It is daunting when you are initially learning to ride but then it becomes great fun as you say, Ann. You have a good chance of seeing wild horses here in Arizona along the waters of the Tonto National Forest and into the adjacent Salt River Indian Reservation before sunrise and after sunset. I love watching these majestic and noble animals. Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate your comment. Have a wonderful holiday season!

Ann Carr from SW England on December 18, 2020:

Absolutely beautiful, Lora! I love horses. I learnt to ride with my cousins in my mid teens. It was quite daunting to start with but great fun and I learnt the basics. I haven't done any since but I still regard them as noble animals. Sometimes we see them cantering along the sand on the nearby beach, or in the fields when they're running free - wonderful sight!


Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Her loss was definitely your gain, Denise. You were very lucky and the horse was too, I might add, to acquire a horse at such a young age. I'm sure he became your best friend as he looked upon you as someone he could finally trust and who would treat him well. I hope that girl finally learned her lesson. Thank you for your kind words. Take care and blessings to you, too!

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Black Beauty was was not only the first major animal story in children's literature but it was ground-breaking. It was the first novel to tell a story from the animal’s point of view, giving readers a realistic glimpse into the harsh lives of horses in Victorian England. Thanks Mary for your visit and I appreciate your comment. It is nice to hear from you!

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Thanks for commenting, emge. I love horses too! Have a good one.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

I agree with you Vidya. You don't have to be able to ride a horse to enjoy them. Just watching these beautiful animals can be a breathtaking experience. Thanks much for reading and for your wonderful comment. Stay safe and best wishes to you always!

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by, Flourish. Horses are indeed smart, beautiful, and poetry in motion! Wishing you love and happiness for the holidays.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Chitrangada, I’m deeply honored by your comment. Horses are just so amazing. They have such power due to their size and weight yet they are so graceful. Simply amazing, I would say! I’m delighted that you enjoyed my article. Thanks much! Best wishes to you always and have a very nice day.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Thanks Ankita for your gracious comment. I’m glad you found this article to be a tribute to horses as it was intended and enjoyed it. Best wishes to you and have a great week!

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Rosina, thanks for reading and commenting on my article. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the poem, the pictures, and the videos of these amazing animals. I appreciate your support. Best to you always and have a wonderful week!

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Thanks Peggy for your wonderful comment. I agree wholeheartedly with you about Black Beauty. It is a book with not only a very engaging story but opens our eyes to the fact that people often go through life oblivious to the feelings and needs of other animals. We all need to become more attuned to their rights to live a life without pain, fear and suffering. I'm glad that you enjoyed my article! I wish you a safe and joyful holiday season.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Thanks Ruby for stopping by and your gracious comment. I think both children and adults would love Black Beauty. If you haven't read it before, I highly recommend it. For children, it's recommended for ages 8-12. From the reviews I've read, many children have given the book many favorable ratings. Yes, conditions have improved for our gentle friends since the Victorian era, but we still have a long way to go. Have a great day Ruby!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2020:

I don't know much about horses, but I loved Black Beauty.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 16, 2020:

This is beautiful. When I was girl of 12, we got the opportunity to buy an Appolusa champion horse. The horse was owned by a girl of 13 and was constantly racing him in barrel races but when she came in second place she would beat him. Her father told her if it happened one more time he would sell the horse. I guess she didn't believe him because the man turned to my father and said, "you want to buy a horse cheap?" He became my horse because he naturally shied away from preteen girls. He couldn't eat without me and I was to ride him. He was so tall and I was so short it was a real effort but we got to be friends. He was like a big dog always wanting to be scratched behind the ears and under his chin.



Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

I love the song! It has a great tune and lyrics. What a wonderful inspiration for a story. Thanks for this info.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 16, 2020:

It was a song Lora: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov8_hUEKgx0

I wrote a story based on it at school.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 16, 2020:

Fascinating article. I live horses

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

John, thanks much for your great comment on my article. Black Beauty was always one of my favorite books because it is such a compelling story and you want the final outcome for this horse, who has been through so much, to be a good one! I'm glad that you enjoyed the videos too. I'll have to check out that book. Sounds like a book that all horse lovers would want to read! Thanks for the recommendation. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 16, 2020:

Thanks much for the read and your gracious comment, Layne. You describe horses very well! They are very sensitive and intuitive animals. I'm glad that Anna Sewell through her book, Black Beauty, made people aware of the brutal treatment that horses suffered in the Victorian era but sadly, horses still are abused today in the racing industry and our country still transports them to other countries to be slaughtered for food! It seems that these noble companions deserve a lot better than to be served for dinner. I'm hoping that we will finally ban exporting horses for this purpose! I hope that your holiday season is filled with love and joy and best wishes for the New Year.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 15, 2020:

Thanks much for reading my article and for your generous comment, Chitrangada. Horses are truly beautiful! I'm happy that you enjoyed it.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 15, 2020:

What a delightful poem and overall hun about our wonderful friends the horses. Lora, I love horses and Black Beauty was one of the first books I read. I wrote a poem/story at school called ’Patonia’ about a horse in a song by a singer named Tex Morton.

The videos of Roy Rogers and Trigger, and Mr Ed brought back fond memories too. I read a wonderful none-fiction book about a hero horse in World War One called ’Bill the Bastard.’ it is an amazing tale of the courage and fortitude of the horse. Thank you for sharing this.

Laynie H from Bend, Oregon on December 15, 2020:

A very thoughtful and beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing all of this material. Horses are very sensitive and receptive. I like that you speak to their treatment. I hope we as humans can improve. Animals deserve the best.

VIDYA D SAGAR on December 15, 2020:

A beautiful poem Lora. And the pictures are lovely. I love horses. Though I have never ridden one, it is just wonderful watching them gallop with so much grace and beauty.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 15, 2020:

This is a lovely tribute to a beautiful, smart, graceful animal. I've only ridden a horse a few times but I have read Black Beauty.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 14, 2020:

Thanks Ruby, Peggy, Ankita, Rosina and Chitrangada for reading my article and for your lovely comments. Your appreciation and support means much to me! Yes, I love horses and even though I don't own a horse right now, I live in a state that affords me many opportunities to go horseback riding and interact with them. I find that they reduce my stress and bring much happiness into my life when I'm around them.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 14, 2020:

Beautiful narration and a nice tribute to the horses. The pictures are amazing.

I am always fascinated by the beauty of the horses-- their grace, and their movements.

You have done a wonderful job by writing an article about them. I enjoyed reading it. I don't remember having read something about the horses on Hubpages.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on December 14, 2020:

Lora, this is an enchanting poem portraying your love of horses and their superb loyalty. I enjoyed the poem and going through all the lovely pics of different horses. Thank you for the fabulous share.

Ankita B on December 14, 2020:

Wonderful poem, Lora. I loved how you have so beautifully expressed your love for the horses. An amazing tribute, indeed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2020:

Black Beauty is such a good book! I read it as a child, and as you wrote, it is a good book for children and adults. Your love of horses shines in the poem you wrote.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 14, 2020:

This is a beautiful tribute to the many horses that have survived the horrible days of yesteryear. I love the pictures, the gentleness in their eye's. I must admit that I have never ridden a horse. I also loved reading about Black Beauty. Well done indeed!

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