15 Reasons Why Women Love Horses
There’s no question that lots of girls develop a lifelong horse obsession. Jane Smiley once said, “I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.” We too love horses so to honor the anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, the first of which took place on May 17, 1875, we’re giving you the obvious and not-so-obvious 15 reasons for women’s horse obsession.
They are beautiful animals.
From their flowing manes and big innocent eyes to their elegant strides, horses are beautiful to look at.
Horseback riding is romantic.
Since it’s a mode of transportation that has been on the decline since the advent of automobiles, riding horseback is nostalgic and can be very romantic.
Horseback riding makes you feel at one with nature while working with a majestic animal.
Not to go all Avatar, but there is a special connection with nature while riding a horse. The mutual respect and moving through space as one unit is an emotional experience as the rider connects with her own animal spirit. How can you not have a horse obsession?
Horseback riding is the ultimate escapism.
The wind in your hair, the sound of crunching leaves under the horse’s hooves and the time spent outdoors are an incredible escape from the stresses of everyday life.
Horses have an air of adventure.
It takes guts to climb on top of an animal and relinquish some control, going for a ride wherever the two of you may roam.
Now that horses aren’t used for work, girls are encouraged to take up riding as a pastime more than boys are.
We love this. Both for the horses (less work means more play, right?) and for the girls!
Women tend to be better at picking up nonverbal cues than men, making them more likely to work well with horses.
Horses communicate with small, gentle gestures prior to larger, more elaborate ones and, since girls tend to be more observant of other’s feelings and responses, the relationship is often a loving, respectful one. Again — how can you not have a horse obsession!
Horses are powerful and being able to control a horse makes women feel powerful.
A girl may have little to no control over her life including what she eats, wears or gets to study in school but, put that same girl on a horse, and she will feel like she could run the world.
Girls are attracted to the role of caring nurturer, which horses require.
A girl’s relationship with her horse is most often symbiotic. It’s a give and take in which both sides provide the other with something and get much in return. There are few instances of functional relationships such as this in life for many women. So can you blame them for cherishing it from their noble steed?
Horses fuel the imagination.
Riding on a horse can feel like flying and it provides a different view of the world. Authors, artists and change-makers have all had revelations while riding their horses.
Many women consider their interaction with their horse a profound relationship.
There is something incredibly intimate about riding a horse. The emotional vulnerability and connectedness that one feels with the animal is what equine therapy for mental illness and disabilities is founded upon. It’s a beautiful thing.
Taming a horse is similar to taming a man.
Horses require pretty extensive training when it comes to saddling up and following a rider’s lead. That said, the firm hand with a gentle touch you learn when training a horse can be used on a man too. Not that we would know…or would we?
We all grew up with the fantasy of the prince on a white horse sweeping us away from our mediocre existences.
Whether you blame Disney or Grimm, many a princess was rescued by a prince on a white horse. Love it or hate it, it’s real and you wanted it at one time or another, admit it! The horse obsession is totally connected to the Cinderella obsession.
A horse can act as a protector.
Like dogs in a way, horses can be very loyal and protective of their owners.
Horses appeal to women’s desire for dominance.
From time to time, we all want to run the show and, when seated on a horse under our control, we get to feel like the powerhouses we really are!