Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.


«Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.»

— Dale Carnegie


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45 thoughts on “Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.

  1. The quote is beautiful….though….yes I have seen unhappy horse…..
    One example: I was training my horse for international exhibitions….so we, me and my horse….were extremely close…..I had to stop training….being hospitalized….and found a young woman to take care of my horse…and ride him…so he wouldn t loose his good physical condition…..
    After one week, this young rider called me….my horse was very ill…laying down in the stable, impossible to stand….for 3 days…..
    As soon I I got out of the hospital, I went to visit him….he was still laying…he put his head against me for a couple of minutes…and stood up…..animals can be very depressive too….and unhappy…..
    I found the solution for him…..back to the meadows….with friends/horses….to let him time to forget me a little bit….to the point I was allowed to ride him again….

  2. I’ve seen an irritated horse – threw my daughter! I read your comment and for some reason the Disney song from Dumbo – When I see an elephant fly…ran through my head. Free forming tonight!

  3. Yes, I’ve seen both birds and horses express what we might label as sadness, anger and fear. Unfortunately usually caused by humans.

    1. Yeah, I was thinking that, when they’re not well treated by humans. Humans need to use a little more mindfulness towards other living things, I think.

    2. You and I both, animals obviously have emotions too, which means they think and are concious too, in my opinion … not sure I join in laying the responsibility at the foot or man (or woman) kind though for animal “suffering” 😀

      1. I spent time on a farm and so my experience was that most animal suffering I have observed was human inflicted. I’m sure that in the wild there are things that might also cause an animal to feel.

  4. There aren’t too many unhappy dogs around either. It’s called unconditional positive regard. I Iike that, it’s like having a build in second chance.
    Leslie

  5. Well that horse in “Hot to Trot” wasn’t happy about his teeth, but I guess it was superficial. After going to the dentist he was happy. Thanks for the nugget.

  6. My son loves to photograph this tiny, glass, blue bird. On sunny days he runs around everywhere to take pictures of it. So, the blue bird never has the blues in his photos! Ha imagine that.

  7. That is so true. Sometimes if we had written what we were going to in the first place, it would have been perfect, but we feel under the microscope so we alter it, only making it less than it would or could have been. Any suggestions on how to get around that?

    1. 1. Don’t make either one wrong.
      2. If you want to be “more spontaneous” that is more “the first thing that comes into my head” then study/participate in some improv. It’s the one of the founding principles.

      1. Because both skills are neccessary in different circumstances and contexts
      AND
      2. This helped me tremendously to be able to not over-analyse things when I want to.

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