In the Night Farm…Your Ride is Here.



1: archaic : one that shares
2: one associated with another, especially in an action
3: either of two who dance together
4: one of two or more who play together in a game
5:  one with whom one shares an intimate relationship : one member of a couple
6: one of the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship’s deck to support a mast
The sixth definition always catches my attention.  Back in 2009, I wrote this on the subject:

“Being that my maritime experience is exceedingly limited, I had to read up on mast partners. It’s a simple concept. Basically, the opposing forces of wind and water upon a ship’s mast create pressure that is too much for the ship’s deck alone to bear. Without partners — stout timbers fixed between the deck beams around the opening in the deck through which the mast passes, distributing loads across the deck and into the hull — both mast and deck would suffer damage sufficient to endanger both craft and crew.

Take a look at this image of the mast partners installed while rebuilding the raised vessel Irene. The partners are the cross-pieces between the longer deck beams. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to figure out what would happen if you used a substantial joist on one side and a toothpick on the other.”

A trusted horse is a substantial joist, indeed.  Don’t be a toothpick.


One response

  1. sj

    Well said, T.

    Lots of people talk about being a “partner” with their horse, but very few really are.


    June 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

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