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Horse's Prayer

A Horse's Prayer - Print from original collage with mauve accents,
Otami bark paper, and Thai banan paper
Feed me, water me and care for me.
And when my day's work is done,
provide me with shelter, a clean dry bed,
and a stall wide enough to lie down in comfort.
Talk to me.
Your voice often means as much as the reins.
Pet me sometimes, that I may
serve you the more gladly and learn to love you.
Do not jerk the reins
and do not whip me when going uphill.
Never strike, beat or kick me
when I do not understand what you mean,
but give me a chance to understand.
Watch me,
and if I fail to do your bidding,
see if something is wrong with my harness or feet.
Examine my teeth when I do not eat;
I may have an ulcerated tooth that is painful.
Do not tie my head in an unnatural position,
or take away my best defense against flies
by cutting off my tail.
Don't smoke in my barn
or leave me tied up overnight,
and perhaps burn to death
while you are sleeping in your bed.
And last, my master,
when my strength is gone
take my life in the kindest way,
and your God will reward you
- Author Unknown