Long, long ago when the earth was still very young
Equis, king of all
horses, set out upon a journey with his four closest friends. They
journeyed far from home until they finally reached the shores of the
sea. They stood and watched the glass-like surface for a time.
Finally Equis sighed. "The sea is very beautiful but something
is wrong, it has no life to it." His friends agreed. One
friend stepped forward and said, "The water needs to be taught
to play like the horse. I will teach the sea to buck and kick so it
will always keep moving." With a flick of his tail he jumped
into the water and began to buck. Soon the water around him began to
do the same, crashing on the beach as it played. Equis nodded and
said, "Now the water has the playfulness of the horse, this is
They continued their journey until they came to stand beneath a
mighty mountain that was completely surrounded by clouds. Equis
looked up and frowned. "Those clouds should be traveling the
earth but instead they sit here all day and gossip." Equis'
friends thought for a moment before the swiftest one turned to him and
said, "The clouds need someone to teach them to run and to chase them
when they will not." So he leapt from the mountain into the air
and the clouds sprang across the sky with the thunder of his hooves behind
them. Some clouds grumbled and cast dark looks about but most found
they enjoyed the journey. Equis nodded and said, " Now the air
has the swiftness of the horse, this is good."
and his two remaining friends traveled a short distance then turned to
look back at the mountain. "The mountain seems so lonely.”
thought Equis. To his friends he said, "The heart of the earth
is cold and still when it should make the mountains want to leap towards
the sky." Another friend stepped up. "I know how to
wake the earth and give it the energy of the horse." Rearing
on his hind legs, he dove deep into the core of the earth and began
to run. Around and around he sped until the earth’s center
began to warm and beat with a life of its own. He ran so fast
and hard that the earth began to spin as well. Then he leapt
to the surface and raced across the treetops before returning to the
deep earth to run some more. Equis nodded and said, " Now
the fire of the horse can be found in the earth's heart as well,
this is good."
Equis and his remaining friend began to return home they heard voices
calling. The plants and the rocks called out "What have you
done! The sea beats upon the shores wearing away the stone.
The wind tears at the leaves and blows them away. The earth trembles
and shakes and fire blackens the hillsides. We are frightened of
these changes." Equis answered, "Because the sea plays all the water on earth will try to reach
it feeding the plants along its way. Because the air gallops across
the earth the clouds can refresh the rivers that travel to the sea.
Because the heart of the earth is alive with fire the mountains
grow." The plants and rocks responded, "We are thankful,
but we are still frightened." Equis' final friend shook his
mane and said, "I will teach you how to endure these things and how
to be strong." Equis watched as his friend walked away and
thought, " Now the plants and rocks have the strength and endurance
of the horse. This is good."