Tall Man Meets Horse

Anyone who follows this blog will know that horse riding is one of the parts of my challenge that scares me. However, it can’t be avoided. Not only have I got to do all the equestrian events – show jumping ; dressage and eventing – as part of my challenge but I’ve also got to be able to horse ride to complete the modern pentathlon.

I’ve just had my first lesson and, to begin with, it was as bad as feared. Here’s the transcript of the emails I exchanged with the office just before and during the lesson :

Office : Can you make a conference call at 3.30?

Me : (being cowardly in the car park) I’m doing my first horse riding lesson at 3pm – just a touch nervous so happy to be told I need to be in on the call…

Office : Think you owe it to your equine partner to see it through.. Neigh….

Me : (having made my way to the stables): Help – there are horses all around !

Office : Just be forceful! YOU are the boss!

Me : (lesson’s started and, painfully, I’m not getting my timing right) : Trots aren’t meant to be done by men…

Office : You need to let yourself down into the saddle gently – not fall into it – much more comfortable!

Me : (by now I’ve got a splitting headache from a lack of oxygen getting to the brain) : That – and remembering to breathe are my biggest challenges…

Office : BREATHE! And how do I feel about riding now I’ve completed my first lesson?

Actually almost looking forward to my next lesson – turns out that horse riding is quite exciting once you get going…

About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - https://www.justgiving.com/Dan-Thompson11/ - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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