The ancient Romans worshipped Venus as goddess of love and beauty. Today, near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a pretty black mare carries the legend forward.
“I named this pretty little mare Venus because I think black horses, and especially Arabians, are among the most beautiful,” Stott remarked. “In folklore, black mares were considered bad omens. The Bedouins often killed them at birth.
“This is where the term ‘nightmare’ may have come from. Wouldn’t it be more fitting, if a black mare was named for love? I sure think so,” she added.
Foaled in Eastern Montana, Venus ran freely with a small band of ranch horses near the Montana/North Dakota border.
“She was bred for cutting and reining, but she loves the trail the most,” Stott said. “Venus is a quick-witted athlete. She can spin around very fast in the pasture, while at play with her herdmates.”
“Venus likes goats and children, but mostly she loves fresh green grass,” Stott explained. “Sometimes when I go out to the pasture on warm mornings with my coffee, she’ll sit down at my feet while eating grass.”
(Yes, that's Venus in the photo to the left, sprawled out in the grass by her pasture pals.)
Occasionally, Stott enlists Venus to help with equine-assisted therapy at the Equine Therapeutic Learning Center, which she co-founded near Spokane, Washington. The nonprofit organization works with individuals who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.
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Venus photos provided by Jocelyn Stott
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