Although they’ve been widely circulated on the Internet, nobody seems to know from whom these 10 commandments originated. All true horse lovers can agree, however, on their truth.
A big thanks to Karlie Mitchell who sent the commandments our way, explaining, “It just really hit close to my heart and I’m sure it could for other horse people. I lost my childhood horse just after Christmas on New Year’s this year. And reading this really made me think how important it was to care for him and love him in his old age after all the years he kept me safe and took me through my childhood all the way to adulthood. Parting with him was extremely hard but I stayed with him until the end. I’m sure many other horse people who have had a horse long-term until the end can understand.”
The 10 Commandments For Horses
1. My life is likely to last 20 or more years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you take me home.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial to my well-being.
4. Don’t be angry with me for long. Don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I… have only you…
5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it.
7. Remember before you hit me that I am powerful enough to hurt you, but choose not to.
8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I have a problem that you are not yet aware of.
9. Take care of me when I am old. You too will be old one day.
10. Go with me on the last journey. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there…
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