I remember standing in middle of the ground right next to him as he let loose his new horse, Caesar. The majestical stallion ran wild and free with the sun shinning on his black coat that was trimmed to perfection. His canter formed a rhythm that seized my eyes and his mane bounced on his perfectly arched neck as he ran across the ground. His limitless energy and power made it look as though the ground would split under his hoofs. The divine creature had so much unused energy inside of him that he would kick, head buck and roll on the ground time and time again. Every time Caesar would rear, his muscles would become even more defined and I was standing there looking in awe. As we stood there he began charging towards us with full throttle, with his chest out and head high. Fear did not take over me yet I was paralyzed and had a rush and he was three feet away; still galloping towards us. It was when he was almost upon us that i budged and the magnificent stallion turned towards the gate and opened it by pushing the hook with his nozzle.
Although I was only 11 years old, I recognized his intelligence, splendor and power of the animal. Following him to the stalls I reached his stable to realize that he knew exactly where he was supposed to go. I threw water over his steaming body to cool him down and then fed him leaves. As I did so, he nudged his face across my body in appreciation. Caesar was untamed in his ways yet so gentle.
This was the beginning of my fondness for horses and interest in horse riding. After riding in the very same ground for 5 years, spending hours at a time with these fine-looking animals and learning about and from them; I had chosen one for myself. Starbuck, my liver chestnut gelding taught me how to be in the moment and make the most of it. I fell in love with him when I first laid eyes on him. With the most proportional quarters, the white markings on his legs and mane he was just perfect. Always free spirited, filled with energy he moved with attitude. It was because of his rebellious personality I liked him even more and I took training him myself as a challenge. Horses are most definitely one of the most graceful and beautiful animals. They perceive us in a pure way, they are non judgmental, undistracted by words, appearance or our social standing. The beauty of a horse as a mans best friend is that you cant fool them. -Onaiza Usman