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Santa Barbara Equestrian Academy 'Partnership'

Novelist Jane Smiley puts the feeling of riding a horse beautifully when she talks about her horse, Tick Tock:


"What’s unique about riding is that the horse is always right there, and not only physically: Tick Tock’s personality, his intentions, and his willingness were always palpable. I learned why “out riding alone” is an oxymoron: An equestrian is never alone, is always sensing the other being, the mysterious but also understandable living being that is the horse."


'Strength and power'

It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower… even in this space age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder, and challenge.

– Marguret Henry


'Emotional support'

We will never have to tell our horse that we are sad, happy, confident, angry, or relaxed. He already knows – long before we do. – Marijke de Jong


'Goodness and kindness'

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. ― Arthur Schopenh