Hi, I am Kate Kestner. I found your Epona site and really enjoyed it. I am currently researching horse domestication. I am looking at all fields that touch on this subject from mythology to current DNA discoveries. As a result I am looking at the human migrations too and the language families. Epona has always fascinated me. She spread to the Romans and then everywhere they went. Yet unlike most of the other gods/goddesses of the day there is no real story line for her. She is a force of nature.
I see a woman of the steppes who leads an older mare that she has milked for years. She has a young child on her hip and it is still a long walk back to the house and corral. The mare is a supermom and loves all babies just not equine ones. Tired and her arm going numb she sets the child on the back of the mare who curiously looks around at this new development. The child of three laces his fingers in her mane. The woman seeing that the mare is fine with this puts a hand on the boy’s leg to steady him and gently leads the mare forward. By the time they get back to the house the boy has figured out the basics of balancing on a moving horse. By the time he is ten he has figured out how to guide the mare. By the time he is fifteen he decides to train a young horse to ride. This is how I see it beginning.
I could see something like what you describe happening. I have some references for early horsemanship and equine domestication that I should write a blog post about.
I replied to your email but haven’t heard back. I may try writing from another account just to see if my email didn’t come through and maybe landed in a spam filter.
I am looking forward to talking with you!
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