Some time ago, I went with a friend to visit Trinity Horse Farms in a corner of Montgomery County Maryland that borders PG County. There on a windy, sunny afternoon, we wandered around looking at thoroughbred horses, standards and ponies. Eventually, my friend suggested that I have a go at riding a horse. This is something that I’d never done before, but after watching other newbies enjoy themselves on horseback, I plucked up the courage. They made it easy for you to get on, by having a mounting block in the shape of three or four wooden steps, so it was easy enough to put your left foot in the left stirrup and swing yourself over. Or at least it should have been, but my nervousness meant that I actually managed to sit behind the saddle! Never mind, the horse was patient and I maneuvered myself forward to sit in the saddle. Then we set off, with a willowy girl controlling the horse by means of a leading rein.
If you have never ridden a horse before, all I can say is that it is the most peculiar sensation. I had never realized before that my mode of transportation had been exclusively on wheels of various sorts, unless I was flying. Sitting on top of a tall animal with four hooves going down at various different times is unsettling. I wondered idly how long it would take for me to fall off, because I felt so unsteady.
However, I managed to survive. As I am writing a historical novel set in the 1400s when horses were common, I am thinking of taking some lessons in riding. Watch this space for more adventures!
–Cynthia Haggard writes short stories, novels and poetry. During the day, she is a medical writer and owns her own business. At the end of the day, she meditates. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. For more about her medical writing services, go to clarifyingconcepts. (c) 2009. All rights reserved.