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Horse Poetry: The Six Senses of Horsemanship - Sight

Have you looked in the eyes of a horse that is broken?

If you know what you seek, it’s a hard thing to miss.

The light is gone. You will find no hope nor happiness there.

A deadened mind and broken spirit are all that remain.

A deadened mind and broken spirit are all that remain.

The light is gone. You will find no hope nor happiness there.

If you know what you seek, it’s a hard thing to miss.

Have you looked in the eyes of a horse that is broken?


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Inspiration: The saying "the eyes are the window to the soul" does not only apply to humans. A horse's eyes can tell you quite a lot. A look in their eyes gives you insight on their emotions, mood and temperament. It can also give you a good read on the horse's mental well-being.


The most heartbreaking thing I have seen in a horse's eyes is nothingness. What do I mean by this? What does it mean to see nothingness in a horse's eyes?


A horse is a spirited creature. They each have a personality, spunk, and a spark of life. Humans can kill that. I describe it as "a horse with dead eyes". It truly is a kind of death. I want to cry when I see it. I want to weep for the unfairness of it. I want to weep for the loss of the horse's essence. It is no longer a horse. It has been turned into a machine to be used up and tossed out. It is a horse with no will to live. I liken it to a human who suffers from serious, clinical depression.


Not only am I immensely sad for these horses, but I am incredibly angry. I am angry at the person who did it. Especially since these animals are many times owned by people who claim to love horses.


No horse should ever have dead eyes. It's wrong, unnatural, and completely preventable with even the most basic level of care and affection.


We already ask so much of horses. How dare we break them down to the point of losing what makes them so amazing. I pray that I never again see a horse with dead eyes.

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A Special Thank You: I'd like to thank the photographer of Blue Roan Projects for allowing me to use one of her photos as my featured image for this post. Blue Roan Projects is a photographer based in Nova Scotia, and is a fellow horse lover. In addition to photography, she also makes beautiful horsehair bracelets and tassels. Check out her website for shipping information.



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