Letters from Slovakia – The Horse Whisperer
Photos © Craig Mackintosh
Although he may not succeed Robert Redford in a sequel to ‘The Horse Whisperer’, I think Rob could definitely learn a thing or two from this guy. The passive control he has over his horse is incredible to watch, and took me quite by surprise.
The man and his horse quietly and efficiently harrowed this field – with the foal learning the ropes from the sidelines.
There was no barking of instructions, and no pulling on the reins whatsover. To get the horse to turn, or move to a new section, he simply spoke in subdued tones to this very cooperative worker.
He is obviously also sympathetic to the plight of the modern working mum, as when a couple of times the foal seemed to want the attention of his mother, the man graciously allowed these little interruptions without hesitation or irritation.
Although using horses as beasts of burden is not uncommon here, it is a diminishing art.
Postscript: I’d love to hear about your experiences in developing symbiotic relationships with the non-human, sentient beings around you. Send such posts, with photos, to editor (at) permaculturenews.org