4 legs and 2 legs 2gether

21 Sep

I’ve never believed in ‘4 legs good, 2 legs bad.’ Indeed, I think that 4 legs and 2 legs working in unison can make something beautiful.

The 4 legs, by the way, are that of a horse, the 2 its’ human rider. The thing of beauty is the art of dressage. I’ve been thinking about one of my desires. One of the things that I would like 2 do.

Watching a BBC 4 documentary (don’t the coincidences keep coming?), I saw the historian Lucy Worsley achieve one of my desires – to see the horses (4 legs) and riders (2) of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. These are masters of the art of dressage – an equine ballet, perfect communication between 2 species in the shared language of the dance. The perfect combination of grace and power. The school has its roots in the military – horses of the light cavalry had to be perfectly agile – but beauty and goodness is the other side of the coin of war.

Ronald Duncan, in his poem The Horse put it better than I ever could:

‘Here, where grace is served with muscle,
And strength by gentleness confined…’

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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in art, countryside, history, horses


4 responses to “4 legs and 2 legs 2gether

  1. Dede

    September 21, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I like your post. There truly is beauty when man and horse become one. It is a sight to see.

    Liked by 1 person

    • woodlike2

      September 21, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you. I will get to see these horses in action one day, I hope


  2. cglowe01

    October 14, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I like be your writing. I saw a traveling group from the school in Vienna many years ago in Los Angeles. It was absolutely amazing.


    • woodlike2

      October 14, 2015 at 2:05 am

      Lucky you! I’ d love to see them! I was looking on their website recently to see if they have any tour dates in Scotland so I can save up😊

      Liked by 1 person


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