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Riding on Horses’ Wings

Reimagining Today’s Horse for Tomorrow’s World

Janet Bubar Rich

The bond between humans and horses is deep. For humans, horses provide freedom. Riding on horses and horse-drawn chariots or carts has allowed humans to go farther and faster than they could on their own. Horses (now high-horsepower cars) are our wings. As a result, their images show up in our dreams and our personal and cultural stories as symbols not only of freedom, but of power, swiftness, nobility, and beauty. Equine images empower us to ride on inner journeys, explore the mysteries of the soul, and carry the human spirit forward. In bringing to life the horse tales of many cultures throughout the ages, Riding on Horses’ Wings is as whimsical and magical as it is inspiring. From the white-winged Pegasus and part-human Centaurs in ancient Greek myths, Epona in ancient Celtic lore, the eight-legged Sleipnir in Nordic tales, and Kanthaka in Buddhist lore, to the many horses in Native American mythologies and today’s literary and fine arts, movies, YouTube videos, and beyond, horses touch our hearts and elevate our imaginations. In this book, Janet Bubar Rich taps into our love of horses and horse tales, inspiring us all to take life by the reins, make the changes needed to improve our lives, and create sustainable futures for horses, humans, and other species on earth, our home.

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8. Saddling Up With Horse Tales

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Chapter 8 Saddling Up With Horse Tales Human-Horse Team Ever since humans first teamed up with horses, humans have carried forth inspirational stories about the magnificent creatures. These sto- ries as conveyed through the literary and fine arts from generation to generation across cultures throughout the globe are rich and profound. These are the hoof prints in the sand reminding us how deeply horses have contributed to human lives and permeate the human psyche. In many parts of the world, newspapers, radios, magazine and on- line event calendars, and Facebook postings are filled with opportuni- ties to team up with horses and enjoy pleasure riding on horseback or in horse-drawn carriages; participate in trail riding, jousting, jumping, and other equestrian sports; and attend or take part in horse shows, polo matches, roping games, and rodeo events. Books, paintings, and sculptures bring symbolic, mythological, and natural horses into our homes and hearts. For the fortunate who have neighborhood libraries, libraries on wheels, and bookstores; for the many who have access to books online (for purchase or instant download) and books on tape; and for those who are able to visit museums and galleries both virtual 68 riding on horses’ wings and real, a variety of portrayals, interpretations, and renditions of hors- es and horse tales are available. Horses in Books Abound Such popular books as Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726), Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty (1877) with its multiple film adaptations; John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony (1933) later made into a movie...

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