The Pursuit of Virtù
Keywords:horse stories, classical dressage, sexual abuse, personal narrative, trauma, psychology, domestic violence
The Pursuit of Virtù is a personal narrative revisiting a pivotal riding lesson that unlocked the uglier side of the adage that the horse is a mirror to your soul. The beating heart of the essay reflects on how a rider’s trauma can manifest in the body of the horse as well as how classical dressage—the pursuit of courage and collection—can provide a map to return to a harmonious state of balance that is as much mental as physical. Mostly, it is a prayer asking forgiveness from all horses who have had to carry the unbearable burden of human hearts and minds heavier than their bodies could ever be.
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