Since it’s hardly any secret that I am 150% totally passionate about kitties, I don’t have to go into great detail about what draws me to cats like a magnet. I have yet to meet an ‘ugly’ feline, or one which hasn’t almost immediately stolen my heart.
At the same time, many of our readers also are more than aware that I am wild about horses. As far as I am concerned there is hardly anything more appealing than their velvet nose and their “heady” scent. I love the sounds that horses make; a greeting whinny or nicker and a happy snort is always music to my ears.
This magical and mystical species have taken us into battle, delivered our mail, served us unconditionally, and make the hearts of young girls beat more than just a little bit faster. Their uncanny understanding of people with disabilities makes them perfect ‘therapists’ in the many specialized riding programs throughout the world.
Since horses are both truly intelligent and noble creatures; as long as they are trained and cared for with an abundance of love, patience and compassion, they make one of the most amazing animal companions that anyone who avidly loves the species could possibly want.
I have often met cat lovers who go gaga over horses. Cats not only keep the barns free of rats and mice, kitties seem to be attracted to equines. Many cats show their appreciation for horses by actually curling up next to them while they are fast asleep in their stalls.
With the exception of one of my horses, most of them seem to enjoy the company of a feline. For some inexplicable reason, my horse ‘Sweet and Low’ was terrified of them, and if one crossed her path while I was on her back in the riding ring, she gave me a performance that would rival that of any bucking bronco. Had I not, for the life of me, hung tightly onto her mane, there were occasions when she was close to unseating me with me landing on the ground, totally embarrassed, spitting out a mouthful of dirt.
Speaking of cats and horses, today there are many folks who are passionately involved in Feline Agility training. Since many cats enjoy being challenged and stimulated by this activity, several of the Feline Regulatory Associations are now including Agility Training classes at their cat shows. Associations similar to the International Cat Agility (ICA) Tournaments are popping up, inviting folks to participate.
However, the other day I accidentally ran across one of the most integrative and fascinating Facebook Pages that, in my opinion, clearly demonstrates to a tee the passion that many cat lovers have for horses. The United States Cat Dressage Federation is the only national membership organization dedicated to the ancient art of cat dressage.
As you watch your kitty happily trotting across a room, it is easy to be blown away while observing your cat’s flowing movements which many cat/horse lovers describe as breathtaking. In fact the cat’s motion often resembles the stunning action that horses in dressage classes exhibit.
The folks who created this page launched a wonderfully unique site where kitty loving-horse fans can interact, sharing humor and interesting ideas about how to keep cats stimulated, exercised and entertained.
For an illustrative taste of an excellent feline mover, take a moment and enjoy the short, but fun kitty dressage video uploaded to YouTube by ellie 99.
Do you think your kitty would enjoy participating in Dressage for Cats? Share your opinion in a comment.
Photo credit: The United States Cat Dressage Federation Facebook Page