The following is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Perek Shira, the Song of Creation.
The Horse says: "Behold, as the eyes of the servants to their master's hand, as the eyes of a maid to her mistress's hand, so are our eyes to Hashem our God until He will favor us." (Psalms 123:2)
I always wondered why the horse sings the above particular passage from the Book of Psalms. I asked the question to a pair of work horses in the Ukraine, and received a remarkable answer.
As you can see for yourself, Svetlana, the mare on the right, is telling me what I need to know. She explained that one can learn the proper way to serve Hashem from a horse, just as a loyal servant serves a benevolent master or a devoted maid serves her mistress. Ludmilla, the mare on the left closer to me, mentioned 4 important points that elaborate on what Svetlana said:
1. A horse never bites the hand that feeds it; if you ever give a horse an apple, some sugar cubes, or a handful of grain, don't be afraid - the horse won't bite. So, when a human goes against Hashem's will, after Hashem feeds him/her and clothes him/her, that human is on a lower spiritual level than a horse.
2. A horse never kicks the person than feeds it or waters it. Denying Hashem and/or His Torah, or complaining about what Hashem does or how He runs the world, is tanatamount to kicking. Once again, such a person is spiritually inferior to a horse.
3. A loyal workhorse never tries to kick off its master's yoke. A human that rebels against the yoke of Torah and Divine service can learn from a horse. Horses don't need analysts and Zoloft; neither do people that happily accept the yoke of Torah and servitude to Hashem. Those who refuse to serve Hashem end up being slaves to their own evil inclinations.
4. Horses become jittery at the site of uncovered flesh. Notice that equestrians always wear riding clothes that include long trousers. An immodest person wearing a midriff or shorts that walks past a horse is risking a nasty bite. Camels and donkeys are even more sensitive to modesty than horses, so don't say you weren't forewarned. If a horse is sensitive to tznius (modesty), we certainly should be.
Above image: Lazer with one of the locals in Yanov, Ukraine, riding down a 200-year-old cobblestone street. If that street could only talk...
Image below: Ukranian hayride with a local peasant of Gypsy descent.
You can learn quite a bit from horses, and from everything else in Hashem's world.
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