Having worked in a coordinator’s role at a reasonably large company, I saw some human drama. I am one of those people who grew up learning to always look after others before the self: if you want to be in a leadership position of some kind, you should be the strongest of the team, hence you should be able to let others rest before you and ensure that they are well cared for. That’s what I know.
When you sincerely act with this attitude, a horse would eventually recognise you as a person whom they can trust. And they try their hardest to keep you engaged in your expression of compassion. I have found with humans though, if you put them before you, they would mostly turn lazy and arrogant. They expect that you would always drop everything and run for them, while they find a way to do less and less.
“I am not here to do everything for you.” “That is not my job. “I am not going to take up any more job than the ones I already have.” You get to push people away and reject their call. Only then, humans begin to think for them selves, begin to show some interest in learning, and they actually produce some good results. Horses are almost the opposite again. They would be watching you and looking for any sign of smile or the giggle. And they do more of what makes you laugh. They would jump the biggest jump for you only to settle for a stroke on the side of the neck.
I sometime wonder if humans really were the most advanced creature on Earth. We have been studying love and compassion for the last 2500 years, yet the majority of us don’t understand what those things are. Horses on this other hand, have already achieved their enlightenment. They are born Buddha and the children of the creator. They are the best Taoism teacher you’d ever find anywhere. They live it- whatever it may be that makes the world go round and square all at the same time.