The Essence of the Fire Horse

Fire is beautiful but must be handled with care. At an early age kids are taught not to play with matches or put their fingers into a flame. Yet most of us had to learn the hard way that even though fire looks beautiful and inviting, it is hot and should not be played with.

The Fire horse temperament is beautiful and energetic and so wonderful to have as a show horse. The spirit of the Fire horse can make him too hot for someone who does not have the experience to deal with emotional outbursts.

Fire is sensitive and anyone who has started a campfire knows how the smallest spark can be nursed to full flame by adding small amounts of tender kindling. Too much kindling before a fire is well established will snuff out the flame. Once a fire is established it must be attended to regularly so it does not burn out.

The young Fire horse in training needs more gentle handling than other types. Too heavy a workload, too soon will overwhelm the sensitive Fire horse. Harsh words or insensitivity in a trainer will hurt the feelings of the Fire horse and he will shut down emotionally. The emotionally deprived Fire horse will lose his joyful nature and refuse the work or work without his normal brilliance.

Fire, when properly managed, provides warmth and comfort. It cooks our food and provides us with light. Fire, allowed to burn out of control, is devastating. Too much fuel and oxygen turns a simple flame into a raging inferno which burns everything in its path.

A Fire horse temperament, when properly trained and handled, can be a true pleasure to be around. The balanced Fire horse can be great around kids and beginner adults. The Fire horse spirit is kept burning with gentle love and attention. He loves to be admired and to show off his beauty. This same horse, when fed a high energy ration and kept in fit condition, can be extremely dangerous except in the hands of a professional horseman. There is never ill intent in the actions of a Fire horse but they can kick or strike out and injure unsuspecting bystanders.

The internal combustion engine relies on a single spark to bring it to life. Once running, the engine requires the correct temperature to run smoothly and the correct fuel to oxygen ratio to produce energy efficiently. Incorrect temperature and poor fuel quality will give poor service at best and create a toxic by-product at worst.

The Fire horse temperament has a similar sensitive digestive process. Too hot or cold a ration will upset the sensitive Fire horse leading to colic or diarrhea. The healthy heart of a well loved Fire horse properly pumps oxygen but emotional upset affects the delicate balance of the Fire horse’s internal engine resulting in weight loss or painful ulcers. Pain, from any source, is intolerable for the Fire horse which contributes to digestive upset.

The Element of Fire is beautiful, full of energy, sensitive to fuel and oxygen. When nurtured, properly fueled and controlled, fire is warm, loving and light. Poorly managed, Fire burns inefficiently or out of control. So it is with the essence of the Fire horse temperament.

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