Feed me, water me and care for me. When my days work is done provide me with shelter, a clean dry bed, and a stall wide enough to lie down in comfort. Talk to me, your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you.
Do not jerk the reins and do not whip me when going up hill. Never strike, beat or kick me when I do not understand what you mean, but give me a chance to understand.
Watch me and if I fail to do
your bidding, see if something is wrong
with my harness or my feet.
Examine my teeth when I do not eat.
I may have an ulcerated tooth that is
Do not tie my head in unnatural positions,
or take away my best defense against flies
by cutting off my tail.
(I don't take away your mosquito curtains.)
Don't smoke in my barn or leave me
tied overnight and perhaps burn me to death
while you are sleeping in your comfortable bed.
And last, my master when my strength is gone,
do not turn me out in a pasture
with no shelter and let me freeze to death,
or sell me to some cruel owner to be
slowly starved or worked to death.
Take my life in the kindest way,
and your God will reward you - hereafter.
~ Author Unknown ~
Our friends give us so much, is it really so much to ask?
" There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man. "
Sir Winston Churchill