Saturday, April 28, 2012

may we be master/artist/sage

"The character of the human, too, will find its expression in the training and performance of the horse.

The level-headed one becomes a master, 
the inspired one an artist, 
the correct one a controller, 
the violent one a subduer, 
the crafty one a conman. 
The faint-hearted one makes compromises, 
the timid one capitulates, 
the hot-tempered one becomes unfair, 
the malicious one a torturer, 
the melancholy one a trifler. 
The hasty one becomes frustrated, 
the impatient one becomes unhappy, 
the fool becomes complacent, 
the snob becomes a more or less happy boaster on his horse. 
The prudent one remains a student forever, even if he is a master; 
the sage, however, …?
 
The sage in the saddle is rarely encountered. He is recognizable by his extreme modesty, because he knows that no-one can solve all the riddles the horse presents to us – life is too short."
 
(Udo B├╝rger, 1959)

8 comments:

Kate said...

Very nice - thank you.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Wonderful list. We should all strive to become the "sage" rider. I fear it's a hard task because each horse is different and each has his own individuality.

Victoria Cummings said...

I like the idea of "all the riddles the horse presents to us". I am sure that no one will ever have the answer to all of them since the equine is so much wiser than the human.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Hmmm - I've been a few others on that list, temporarily thank goodness. :)

A worthy goal to aim for billie.

billie said...

You're welcome, Kate.

billie said...

A, for me, that is the wonderful thing - all so different and with different lessons to teach!

billie said...

V, I'm thinking the sage part is in understanding that there is no solving them all - the beauty is in the journey.

billie said...

C, agreed.