German horse specialist and trainer Dr. Stefanie Stöcker has a remarkable bond with her two horses. One of them, Bjorn, is an Icelandic horse who was born in 1993, as she describes in the caption of her YouTube video below. The other, Menor GPZ, was born in 2008 and is an Aegidienberger stallion. The five pillars of horse education, according to Stöcker’s website, are motivation, trust, respect, communication, and body language. She educated both of them with these values in mind. She thinks the close relationship she has with her horses is forged through mutual trust.
It is not surprising that these gentle giants developed a connection to their caregiver, despite the fact that Dr. Stöcker’s relationship with her horses is unquestionably unique. National Geographic claims that domestication of horses by humans dates back to 4,000 years. Most likely the first to do so were Asian nomads. Since they were employed for transportation prior to the invention of the engine, horses quickly became a fundamental feature of many human communities. Horses are revered in many cultures because they have a long history of being tied to bravery in battle.
Even though horses and humans have coexisted and enjoyed mutually beneficial relationships for thousands of years, there are very few that have such an intimately trusting relationship as Dr. Stöcker and Bjorn and Menor GPZ. The fact that this equine expert can cuddle these huge creatures like babies is simply astounding.