(3) When you take a dangerous risk.
While we are talking about horses; the following incident happened when I was about grade 8 at school. I was the much older; and only boy, of our two child family and loved to invite friends for the weekend. On that particular Saturday we decided to ride to a mountain stream about 10 km from our home to try to catch some fish. To accommodate us four boys; I borrowed my father’s horse also, which, at that time, was a black stallion.
My father warned me that under some circumstances his stallion was difficult to control; especially when there were mares [female horses] around. I let two friends ride on my horse Jelly; the rear passenger rides ‘pillion” behind the saddle on the horse’s back. Being the rider with most experience I rode on the stallion’s posterior. Our fishing was unsuccessful and we commenced our journey back. It took me completely by surprise when the stallion suddenly shied and sprang into a gallop. As I slid off the back I grabbed the stallion’s tail, a most unwise reaction from me. Newton said that all that goes up has to come down (sometime or other) well I did and was somehow still in one piece; which “piece” however was too sore to walk and terribly sore and afraid to ride up there again. An aggravating circumstance was that it was still about 9 km from home, most of which was uphill.
To work on a horse you can lift its tail, and it does not kick as long as its tail is lifted. My advice however is; leave a stallions tail untouched.
The moral of the story is: avoid dangerous situations for just unnecessary doings but especially in wrong things; and also, take the good advice of your parents, or seniors, serious.
Last but far from least: do not be a stallion (or a mare). Horses are created with body and soul; we humans have body soul and spirit and for us there is a better way than to just obey nature. With the horses; when the mare sees a nice strong stallion and she is anywhere near her time to be covered, she makes attempts to “make friends” with that stallion and that is just what the stallion is looking for. For us humans there is a far better way (more about that later}.