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I owned a sacked-out broke-to-ride horse

There are certain words that people associate,
with training of horses when they negotiate,
a vocabulary that clearly impedes,
the suppleing and training of  most of these steeds.
Some of these words have a long history,
but why they’re current is still quite a mystery.
We know that our words oft dictate our actions,
So let us explore some of these abstractions.



When we speak fondly of horse we own,
We come from a place of possession.
But when we consider what horses give us,
I think that’s a state of regression. 
Perhaps we’re best off, instead to just say,
It’s a “privilege” to be feeding them lots of good hay.
“Responsible stewardship” are words well applied,
instead of just placing a price on their hide.

There’s a common expression called sacking them out,
Folks say it’s to de-sensitize them no doubt.
But who wants to ride an insensitive horse?
I’d rather be on a brave one of course. 
So how ‘bout we get them accustom to do things,
With courtesy when we show them some new things.
Don’t over-expose but instead get them used to,
unusual stimulus at a speed that they choose to.

Green broke or dead broke or broken to ride,
whether Mini, Arabian, Quarter or Clyde,
better describes a rusted out car,
than someone I hope will take me real far.
Instead let’s use tenderness, caring and time.
If we gentle them, would that not be sublime?
They’ll be more reliable when they keep their pride,
and more apt to trust us as their human guide.