June 14, 2017: The Noblest of Creatures

~by Susi Pittman

Sugar, Patches, Silver, Queenie, Jo-Jo, Lady, Jack, Derek, Niko and J.B. are the names of the horses in my life. I cannot imagine my memories without them. All of them have passed on, but in a moment, they are fully alive in my mind and heart and I am nestled down on their backs with the wind rushing past me as we galloped into secret places. When we ride a horse, we are borrowing an unhindered freedom unlike any other.

I have always been a hobby horse owner. Horses have natural abilities that humankind has been able to take advantage of over the ages. For me, my horses were treated like an “over-sized dog.” Horses are incredibly sentient creatures that will be the most loyal of pets where love and trust are the basics of the relationship. The eye of a horse lets you inside their inner thoughts.

I loved their smell on my clothes and the smell of the hay and oats. Mucking the stall was no more to me than mopping a kitchen floor and the tack barn was kept just as organized as the family album.

I believe that children should be introduced to the horse at a young age. Be it a summer camp, a riding stable or vacation trail ride. Most horses have an affinity for children and introduced properly, the love between horse and child is a life lesson on respect and cooperation in trust.

My personal love for horses hasn’t been without a bump or two along the way. Sugar ran me under an oak tree limb that lifted me up by my chin and flipped me over backward onto the ground…Silver made a quick left turn, leaving me to fly off the saddle to the right into a waiting spider web with a huge spider…Derek reared on his hind legs in the shallows of the lake to dispose of me into the mud, running the mile back to the barn while I walked…and JoJo threw me head first over her head, landing me in a bed of sandspurs. I believe that each of those horses had a good “horse laugh” over me and I lived to tell the tale. It was Roy Rogers that said: When you’re young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you’re my age, you splatter. That pretty much sums it up!

I believe it was by divine design that humankind was destined to have such a long and lasting relationship with the horse. Throughout the Bible one can only picture the pleasure our Creator had in fashioning such a creature. Biblical history shows that horses were the mounts of kings, princes, conquerors, and soldiers. To ride a horse implied war, doom and victory. Men of peace did not typically ride horses but rode donkeys, mules, camels and drove oxen carts as these animals did not herald threats of war.

God, in the symbolic context of how the horse was presented in the Bible assuredly gives the horse its final place of honor in delivering The Divine Warrior, The Christ, the King of Kings at the end of time. It is a descriptive pivotal role in God’s great Apocalypse preceding the Last Judgment.

And I saw heaven standing open; and behold, a white horse, and he who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and with justice he judges and wages war. And his eyes are as a flame of fire, and on his head written which no man knows except himself. And he is clothed in a garment sprinkled with blood, and his name is called the Word of God. And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. (Revelation 19:11-14).

When all is said and done, the cry of the horse echoes into the human soul and stirs within it a wonder and awe that is in its end, a final and divine spiritual mystery.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.

~Winston Churchill~

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; a member of the St. John’ s Catholic Writers Guild;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the National Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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