So happy to read an article like this. It gives me hope that more and more people will realize that the real power of horse is not using them as a means to one's equestrian goals, but to be a true companion to the horse and let the horse be who they want to be. This will naturally promote a strong bond with the horse. I have 5 Icelandic Horses and I have not ridden in years. The non-use of horses also promotes life long care for the horse until they pass away. All but one of my horses is well over 20 years old. I have 2 that are in their 30's. Three are unrideable due to arthritis, stroke, and a leg that was broken and repaired in 2002. When I am down to only one horse, I will be looking for a companion horse. Thank you for this lovely article.