There’s a magical feel to a secret place. Even when the fields are battered by winter, there’s still something exhilarating in my tiny wild land, ringed by mountains and trees. If you didn’t know this was here, you could walk right by and never see it for yourself, or feel how different this tucked away Wild is from the tame city a mere five minutes away. —————————————————————
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P.s. this is our old gelding, Cheyenne, who is shy and a little overweight in his senior years, but still full of that Arabian spirit that makes his breed so special. Also, did you know that the Arabian breed was the preferred warhorse of medieval knights? At the time, men were shorter and they didn’t need a huge horse to carry them into battle. So the huge Percheron and Warlander we look at and call a “warhorse” is incorrect. A 15-16 hand horse was just about the right size, anything taller or bigger was unlikely to maneuver well on the field of battle. Think of how fast a polo horse moves and that is how fast and quick a war horse/destrier needed to be. The intelligence and quick wit of the Arabian also made them ideal mounts for people who needed to ride hands free in situations of total chaos. The Arabian is also versatile, and sure-footed, able to jump obstacles and traverse rocky terrain with ease. They have shockingly good endurance. With their typically hard hooves, throwing a shoe wasn’t a recipe for a lame horse either. Also, they were the quintessential horse for medieval people in looks. Today, aesthetic standards for horses haven’t changed much from the Italian Arabian imports of medieval Europe. Take a look at medieval paintings and you will see the expressive tail, arched neck, thin almost delicate face, and curved ears of the Arabian.