Great Books about HorsesBeautiful books about horses
During Don Rags (the teachers come together to give every students tips and encouragement) we heard the riding teacher Mary Murray, who talked very carefully about each student's dealings with a certain pet with certain characteristics. We began to realize that we knew as much about horses as most stag parties do about infants.
Next summers the great girlfriend, Patty Trautman, resident cattle breeder and rider of the school, took two horses outside to feed the clogged pastures and the actual training began. The thing that impressed me most was that I hadn't really grasped the classic horses that I had been taught for thirty or forty years because I didn't know enough about horses.
Since Homer to the present day, the greatest books in the West have depended on the wisdom of these creatures, whose nature has affected and symbolised our own. As I teach the use of the metre of poetry, I stress a few words that Christopher Marlowe (Shakespeare's contemporary) has written in "Hero and Leander":
Reread these first two rows out loud, and at the words "high" you can sense how the "hot proud horse" tears his mind apart vehemently; in the last two rows comes the change from the proud horseman to the impatient aficionado: "The first two rows are a bit of a story: That is why the control of horses has so much symbolism resonating. As the man becomes more brave, he can either cope with his own stallion - or become one with it.
While writing this, I look across the room to a volume on Shakespeare's British historical pieces. It shows an Englishman King Henry V, who undoubtedly rides an upright stallion and gestures with his saber. Without the stallion, whose strength and might he has acquired, what would he be? "Richard III, my realm for a horse," calls Richard III.
Hector in the Iliad is referred to as Victor Hoppodamaio, "Breaker of the Horses". One point in the verse a little man by the name of Dolon admits to spying in the Grecian encampment, when Hector promises to give him later the horses of Achilleus as a prize. Certainly these were now powerful presents your hearts yearned for, for all but Achilles, begotten by an immortal Mother.
Horses themselves are indestructible, and only the greatest protagonists can take charge of them. It'?s not that all horses have the same temper! The Phaedrus about the spirit as a chariot driver with two horses, one of which is high, erect, clean, and the other "a lopsided wooden creature, at least a composite one; he has a thick, brief throat; he is shallow and of deep colour, with gray eyes und blood-red skin; the companion of presumption and proud ness, shaggy and numb, who barely gives in to lash and spray.
" A chariot driver of the mortal spirit has to do with both beasts. I remember Traveler, the famed Robert E. Lee stallion, on the one side, and Don Quixote's comic, homey Rocinante, on the other. I also remember what it took to get a winning team.
Sheehan Lorine Allen, a 2014 alumnus now a teacher of equestrian arts at the WCC, last summers spend lessons patiensively training our grandchildren to horseback riding. It showed them how to brushe the horses, how to speak to them (Farley, I think that was it), how to bind the knot and guide them - all before trying to climb.
Just two of our youngest former students, Domic and Murielle Blanchard, who had just returned from the Austrian postgraduate college with their new boy Leo, mentioned just how important equestrian art was for their training at Wyoming Catholic College. "He said, "A pony isn't like a machine," said Domic. "The tales of horses began to run, as they run in the great books.
It was three years ago that we had no idea how important the art of equestrianism was for the training in teaching that the WCC offers in the field of homo. Published courtesy of Wyoming Catholic College's Weekly Bulletin (June 2016).