Featured Video: A Rider’s Prayer


Give me strength to guide my horse.
Make my hands soft and my head clear.
Let my horse understand me, and I her.

So begins “A Rider’s Prayer,” a piece of writing whose original author is unknown, but with a message that will resonate with anyone who has ever wanted to form a meaningful partnership with a horse.

Today’s featured video sets A Rider’s Prayer as a voiceover to a snowy scene showcasing a rider and her horse. The simple yet profound words and the quiet setting make this video worth a rewatch.

Snowy Scene

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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, KY.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.


  1. What’s not to love about this video. And yes, worth the second watch. The impeccable hair coat, the rump rug for cold weather riding to keep his muscles warm! The grooming, the laundry basket of hay. I loving horsey mom and a beautiful riding partner (Horse).


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