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To break someone's spirit-- what does this mean?

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The best way I know to explain it is through a horse's point of view. Terminology I use here relates back to "breaking a horse."
When someone is outlandish, freely out of control, wild, foot loose, fancy free, or, high spirited, unruly, obnoxious, ....
another pull the reigns in, or administers control over them. They set boundaries on behavior and breaks them from feeling like they can get away with anything. Ex: Throwing a saddle on a horses back, tightening up a cinch or girth, putting a piece of hard metal in its' mouth.. Or a hack-a-more on its' nose to control it's head. Throw themselves on top of the horse and make the horse carry them around. Make it jump fences. Whip it to run faster. Dig spurs in it's side so they shy away.
This is all Very Overly Exaggerated to explain the idea. Horses do love us as we love them. Most of them, I'm sure, do not feel this way. I hope, however, after reading it, you will feel what it is like to have a "spirit" broken. I didn't mean to make you feel sad, if I did . I love horses and I know many out there love them too. To me, that's breaking a spirit.

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australis
Like this answer Merlin.
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Thank you australis! You just made me smile and have happy goosebumps ! Thanks a lot! :)
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Interesting illustration. :)
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I was hoping you would arise from the depths down under.:) I was wondering if I was able to place a visual. A person doesn't have to know much about horses. I was anticipating most would grasp the concept of a spirit's freedom. There are times, when you look in an eye, and you see the spirit beaten. They feel they are going through the motions, just to make it another day. Then, there are times, when you look and see, it is still there, just accommodating you until it can be free. This applies to both human and horse. Thank you for stopping by and voting and You've helped raise my spirits high! :)
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Merlin, last time I mounted a horse it tried to kill me. Not only that, it was on Christmas Eve. This horse's spirit had definitely NOT been broken. http://dozy-ontheflipside.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/santas-narrow-escape.html
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To put him/her down.

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To put them down/make them feel sad

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For one to carry sadness is to be broken in spirit

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great answer Blades...
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blades~ sadness is heavy. I hope your spirit hasn't been broken. If it has, remember, you are in charge of your being. You are not alone. There are many people who can help you reunite with who you are. If your spirit hasn't been broken, which I definitely hope it hasn't, you have already helped people get back in touch with who they are too. That's a positive thing all the way around. :)
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thank you merlin.. Your words of concern are touching
my spirit is strong and determined
though sometimes challenged ...
I Agree We are ultimately responsible for keeping it healthy
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Beautiful sentiment Merlin...
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You're welcome blades. I'm glad to hear you feel comfotable in your time and space. :)

Thank you ladywood~ You are very kind. :)
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angelwolf

To continuously say hateful demeaning words to them or do things to make them fail.

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kazarina

To remove their zest for life, when they loose that sparkle in their eye

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australis
know the feeling all too well
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kazarina
The sparkle will be back when we hang out. Be prepared for fun.
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australis
Promise???
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kazarina
Fun with a capital F. You know me I never do anything by half's.
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