The place where I live accommodates a riding stable and many horse friends. On the meadows around the village horses often graze on small parcels of land. Riders usually walk their animals slowly. Speed and endurance, these great qualities of the horses are hardly visible anymore. Grazing horses can look idyllic, but their movement potential is limited or degenerated. The strength of the horses, which is paired with skill and endurance in movement, is in a negative balance with the domestic horse, which is kept for leisure purposes.
The beginnings of the domestication of horses are difficult to determine. In Mesopotamia domesticated horses spread at the beginning of the second millennium BC. Archaeologists suspect that they were imported from northern and central Europe. It was a light horse, comparable to the Arabian horse of today. The horses replaced the semi-donkeys, which had been domesticated much earlier, as an economic service. For all domestic animals, their instincts are hardly intact in comparison with their wild form.
In its spiritual quality the wild horse gives the human being strength and endurance in all life tasks, which like a constant source, refreshes the vital energy and positively influences the libido. In order to look for the spiritual quality that characterizes the domestic horse, it seems necessary to remember the former herds of wild horses and their domestication.
The Przewalski horse breed is still the only species that has survived as a wild form. All horses have their own shyness. They naturally retreat from strangers and oppressors. Within a wild horse herd the lead stallion plays an enormous role, since it drives its herd to the escape. He courageously places himself between his herd and the enemy and challenges him to fight. In the encounter with the horse, man proved to be his conqueror of freedom and self-determined life. Nevertheless, the captured horses took the human as a friend, since he provided protection and food for them, i.e. took over the position of the lead stallion and the lead mare. Within the herds of wild horses, the lead mare was mainly responsible for leading the herd to the best feeding places. She was considered the smartest mare in the herd. The subdued and satiated horse, whose heart is of great gentleness, has made herself familiar to man and entrusted herself. Man and horse became companions and friends.