"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."
Brother Kyle and I, Ft. Riley 2014
Legend tells of a supernaturally talented horse named Bucephalus who faithfully and fearlessly carried Alexander the Great across the Middle East in his conquest of the known world. It is said that in 344 B.C. a trader came to King Philip II and offered the horse for a price of 13 talents. The king, seeing the massive beast, and after being informed he was untamable, scoffed and declined. Alexander, the 13 year-old prince, gazed upon the massive-headed ebony stallion in awe. Eagerly, Alexander asserted he could tame the beast, even claiming he would pay the price himself if he failed.
FOREWORD: Aside from the figure showing an about-face, for matters of emphasis, there is only one photo in this piece. The photo shows all that need be shown.
From the Army's regulation FM 3-21.5 (Drill and Ceremony)
"There is a touch of divinity even in brutes, and a special halo about a horse, that should forever exempt him from indignities."
- Herman Melville
"Your horse is fucking crazy."
"My horse? I got him for you... so you could have your champion eventer from the very start, you know, to build him up, train him the way you always wanted to?"
"No, no horse of mine acts like that. You're the crazy who bought him, you two deserve each other."
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."
- Will Rogers
The first few hours of Honor's story blurred past in an emotional tempest with the commotion burying any opportunity to stop and make rational sense of exactly what I had just done.
front paddock viewed from the gate
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The following was originally posted April 1, 2014 on Ridecamp at www.endurance.net. While this is not the actual story of the ride itself, it's a fun perspective I wanted to include in the collection, along with some re-editing and photographic accompaniment. Consider it a "Tarantino" plot device where we jump forward and off to the side for a bit.
Eagle Ranch Spring Fling -- Honor's first endurance competition (29 March 2014)
Endurance is patience concentrated.
- Thomas Carlyle
June 23, 2011, Jones Auction House - Jones, OK
1. (often initial capital letter) the foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth.
2. ( initial capital letter ) God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.
3. a manifestation of divine care or direction.
It shouldn't come easy.