Though perhaps a fan of horseback riding, I do not imagine that is the reason why Richard III calls out in Shakespeare’s play of the same name: “A horse! A horse! My Kingdom for a horse!”
Now looking at that…who would actually offer to trade an entire kingdom (castle, riches and all) for one measly horse? That must be crazy! Why would he do that?
Well, one’s needs outweighs any luxury. It is a matter of knowing what is most important in life for survival.
King Richard is in the middle of a battle, his horse has been killed, and although he is in much more vulnerable without his horse in the battle, he continues to fight with all his might. When faced with a greater chance of death, he calls out “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” In this case, a horse for King Richard may equal living through this battle. He would give anything to live another day. And to be honest, wouldn’t we all?
Imagine being in the middle of the dry sandy desert for days without any water in sight and the intense heat of the sun bearing down on you. A woman walks by with a 750 ml bottle of water. What would you give for a cool, crisp glass of that purified water? Especially if it meant that one more day without it, could be the last?