By The Love Of Horses is founded on the notion that by loving horses good things happen, not only for horses but also for the people who love them.
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As a rider over 60 years old, I believe that all can benefit from the open secret of riding. I myself, raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride at 94 years old. I believe that the benefits of riding are not only available to older ones, but are also there, maybe even especially, for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.
I also believe that on some level everyone loves horses. This is true whether they ride themselves, or whether they simply love horses from afar and are attracted to the equestrian and country lifestyles.
The horse is really not as far away from your average person as might at first appear to be the case. Many people have relatively recent ancestors who have had a direct connection with horses in the past. And this connection remains strong in the family memory.
Horses play many roles for us. They are a source of comfort. They are a means of engaging in sports. They can even still be a means of transportation.
I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.
- Susan Jamieson
By The Love Of Horses is written by Doug Allen, a student of history at the University of Toronto, who believes in the need to be versed in country things. Doug's father travelled extensively by horse on the Canadian prairies and his uncle as a small boy wept at the passing of a family's horse. He is writing a novel set in Winnipeg, Canada exploring the idea of homesteading, the nature of indigenous and non-indigenous relations and what it means to come home.
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