I know, I know, I’ve done too many hops and stuff this week. But a) they’re super fun and b) I haven’t been on a horse since Friday, so take it or leave it.
Four Mares No Money’s Alyssa started this one and something similar has been stewing in my head for ages. She asks us to write about what songs suit our horses.
I am 17. Hence, I listen to music obsessively. My horses are all used to the bellowing crescendo of Skillet exploding in the air around them while I feed, groom and sing along (very badly). It didn’t take me long to pick songs for them. Horses are basically songs in flesh and blood anyway. As always, in alphabetical order:
Arwen: “Genoeg is Genoeg“, Joe Niemand
Bear with me: the song is in Afrikaans but its message is universal. Firstly, the music fits her attitude and even her stride so well that I’ll need to ride a freestyle to it someday.
The title translates to “Enough is Enough”, and I’ll roughly translate the chorus for you:
Enough is enough
Hear my cry
Lord, I’m done
With taking it lying down
Stand up for me and all Your children, Lord
Enough is enough
Of this nonsense
My house and I stand together
This far and not one step further
It fits Arwen’s brisk determination and is one of my favourites ever.
Magic: “It’s Magic“, The Parlotones
I listened to this song over and over when I’d just started leasing him. “Follow, follow, follow us up to the pie in the sky” would ring in my head when I rode his sky-touching jump. The lyrics fit, and the lively melody fit him too. I almost made his show name It’s Magic but wanted to incorporate the “fly” of his racing name, Gadsfly.
Skye: “Brave“, Josh Groban
Courage has always struck me as the greatest of Skye’s attributes. Also a dear favourite, “Brave” is a song that’s long inspired me, just like her. They suit each other, and Groban has a voice you could gild statues with.
Thunder: “Your Song“, Elton John
Yes, I am old enough to know this song. It’s hard for me to pick a song that captures both Thunder’s loyalty and his happy innocence, but the bubbling sweetness and bashful sincerity of this song comes pretty close. If he was human this would totally be Thun’s love letter.