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Candids
The Horse’s Prayer
To thee, my rider, I offer my prayer.
Feed me, water and care for me,
and, when the day’s work is done, provide me with
shelter, a clean, dry bed and
a stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.
Always be kind to me.
Your voice means more to me than the reins.
Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more
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gladly and learn to love you.
Please don’t jerk the reins or whip me when the jumps get big.
Never strike, beat, or kick me
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when I do not understand what you want,
but give me a chance to understand you.
Do not overface me,
or beat me if they jumps are too big for my mind or body.
Watch me, and if I fail to do your bidding,
see if something is not wrong with my tack, my body or my feet.
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Do not pull on my mouth,
so that I cannot have free use of my head.
If you insist that you wear spurs,
know that they hurt, even when you don’t intend them to,
I pray you be careful that the spurs impart information
and not unnecessary pain.
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I cannot tell you when I am thirsty,
so give me clean, cool water often.
I cannot tell you in words when I am sick,
so watch me, that by signs you may know my condition.
Never put a frosty bit in my mouth;
first warm it by holding it a moment in your hands.
Remember that I stand to be ready at any moment
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And finally, OH MY MASTER,
when my useful strength for your enjoyment is gone,
do not turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner,
to be slowly tortured and starved to death;
But do thou, My Master, take my life in the kindest ways you can,
and your God will reward you here and hereafter.
May you not consider me irreverent or disrespectful if I ask this
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in the name of HIM who was born in a stable.
AMEN
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Top to bottom...
STALLIONS IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
1. Karen Healey
2. Patrick at LA
3. Jay Shuttleworth
CHESAPEAKE
Chesapeake is a 6 year
old Holsteiner stallion
4. Milena, Olaf & Alejandro
by Carvello/Carthago.
Peterson
Scoring high in AHHA
5. Tammy and Paul of
approvals, he is a bright
Showjumping UnPlugged
6. Maryne Langer and
bay with a huge blaze face
Alison Van Sickle
and 2 hind socks. Owned
7. Jeni Brown and hubby
by Barb Ellison of Wild
Mike Keener
Turkey Farms, Woodside,
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8. Dave Totten California. Find out more
on Chesapeake and their
other incredible stallions at
www.wildturkeyfarm.com
Photo © Wild Turkey Farm
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