• VOLUME 62 • © HORSES For LIFE™ Magazine
We are in the midst of breaking in an Andalusian stallion, and I am trying to help the trainer break down into its most elemental components what a leg is, and through the process she realized she doesn’t use her legs for impulsion or more forward.
It was one of those defining moments for me, one that tied together a conversation I had earlier that week with Hempfling about control. A conversation that I have been trying to get it down onto paper but I couldn’t seem to find the right words.
It has to do with how a foal loves to gallop and play and bounce through the world. How he cannot but help race away on stilts of legs as fast as his legs can carry him, if only for a few strides, to instantly return to his mother who is calmly grazing.
It has to do with horses, when left in a large field -- young, old, arthritic and healthy -- will, as one, take off galloping madly for no apparent reason other than for the sheer love of running and moving.
It has to do with horses that don’t eat while sitting, but how they have to eat and constantly move ahead.
It has to do with the realization that when I train a horse that has endless go, that anything is possible.
The go is there at the beginning of their lives.