National Day of the HorseSimply put, the "National Day of the Horse" was declared to pay homage to the contribution the horse has played in the history of the United States of America. The horse is linked to battles fought, to celebrations; what would a parade be without horses? The horse industry plays a huge part in the nation's economy to the tune of well over a hundred billion dollars each year. We need the horses, but perhaps even more importantly, the horses need us.
With the vastness of land in this country, surely there is room for wild horses. Surely there is compassion for the horse. Triple Crown winners capture our hearts, we dream of the Chincoteague ponies, we cry when a work horse falls. We love our horses.
We eagerly await the latest Clydesdale commercials, we fill the stands at horse shows. We haul warm water out to the horses on cold winter nights. We remember the cavalry. When presidents die, the riderless horse depicts honor, boots backwards in the stirrups. The beauty of mounted police take our breath away. As Americans, we take pride in our equestrian heritage, rightfully so. Happy National Day of the Horse!
MaryAnn Myers is an equestrian, horse trainer, and environmentalist. She lives on an organic farm with her family in Northeast Ohio. She is the author of the bestselling equestrian novel, "Favored to Win."