I'm using this blog post to bring attention to the fine art world on Etsy by choosing one word and posting how different artists present it through their work.
It's said that's it's best to write about something you like or are familiar with. Well, most of my life these days is taken up with my daughter and her horse. She is at the barn six days a week! Seems like a lot, but when horseback riding is something you love and you have a parent willing to oblige, then what the heck! Of course she knows way more about horses than I do, after all my main job is to write the checks! I am trying to learn more but what I really love to do is watch my daughter riding her horse.
Horses are so beautiful ... and they're very smart as well. Horses are very intelligent animals yet people do not give them enough credit. Truly, they are as smart as any dog or cat. Horses have a highly developed ability to read emotions and moods. When we have to ask someone how they are feeling, horses know without asking. This intuitive ability protects horses from being eaten by a predator, but allows them to live side by side with predators. For instance, they know instantly when a lion is hungry and on the hunt, or equally as instantly when a lion is not looking for a meal.
If we judge the intelligence of horses by our own standards, we are likely to be wrong every time. There are all sorts of opinions about how smart or stupid horses are. Some people seem to think they have little or no intelligence. Others think they are smarter than we are.
Horses also don't worry about the future the way we do. As far as a horse is concerned, the only thing that is worth getting upset about is what is happening right now. We would do well to learn that lesson.
So, if we stop measuring a horse's intelligence by his ability to conceptualize, what are we left with? We are left with a intelligent animal who is in touch with your every move, and is assessing your ability as a leader from moment to moment. For many horses, the standards for leadership are very high. They are watching your every move in detail and deciding if you are worthy of their cooperation and trust. A far cry from many of us who give away our trust for the most naive reasons sometimes.
(much of this information was found at: http://blog.equimax.com/blogequimaxcom/bid/43391/How-Smart-are-Horses-Anyway)
This week's word is . . . H O R S E
Racine the Dancing Horse
Colorado Horse Photo
Mixed media horse print by spirithorsegallery
Horse With No Name
Horse Wall Art
Catch Me and I Will Grant A Wish
Five wild horses in leather