Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Boys Ride Too
Some people think of horsebackriding, especially hunt seat, as a girls-only activity -- but they couldn't be more wrong. I always enjoy a number of gentleman students, of all ages. Last week a new little fellow joined us, and at just THREE years old, he was able to steer Misty in and out of the buckets all by himself without me even holding a leadrope! A couple of husbands, from forty to sixtysomething, have tagged along with their wives' lessons and quickly picked up trotting over poles (not to mention the benefits for me: one came back later with his wife to chainsaw a fallen tree into a beautiful cross-country jump, and the other couple offered to take me out on their boat on Lake Anna). Yes! Plus our regular riders, such as the future foxhunter pictured at left and above, gamely tackling Pungo's hooves and keeping her out on the rail, heels down.