stretchy trot.

Oh stretchy trot, friend of friends,

honest and true,

how do I love thee?

Let me count the ways.

.

There in the beginning, and there at the end,

thy calming presence evolving into the finest equine dance.

.

Compulsory test circle

or ultimate personal choice,

available at a moment's notice,

thou art the true collaborator.

.

Releasing tension, transmitting serenity to the mind,

encouraging relaxation,

improving weight carriage;

steadfastly the soothing one during tumultuous times.

.

I know when thou art here:

soft ears, loose muscles, bounciness,

floating light-stepped-ness,

and

the ever-pervasive snorts!

.

Not a mere "neck down"

or some prescribed posture to behold,

thou art an overall body stretch

through the topline from tail to ear.

.

I cannot express

enough love for thee,

save that I will be here, lingering,

eagerly awaiting your next appearance.

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