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|The Shetland Pony Grand National at Olympia|
Photo from Horse and Hound magazine
He’s since listened to me prattle on about various things horsey, along with the weeks of deliberating as to whether to take it up again. But not once has he made any noises that suggested he was interested in getting involved. Rather, the contrary.
“No, it’s dangerous,” he said as we discussed it one evening. “They’re huge animals, and they have their own brains. There’s no way of knowing what they’re going to do next.” Which, to a certain extent I suppose, is true. And when you’re the size of the average NBA player, it’s probably quite unusual to be faced with a living being larger than oneself. It’s rather the opposite when you’re the wrong side of 5’4”.
But then, he seemed to thaw slightly.
“I’m sure it is fun, if you’re into it.”
And then, some while later melting a little further still: “yes, I’d come and watch you at your next lesson if you wanted me to.”
Until, after I’d been raving for days after my lesson about how brilliant the whole thing is, and how I was sure, actually, if TW gave it a try, he’d love it, there was a faint, if still less-than-enthusiastic, “well, maybe I’ll give it a go one day.”
“Er, yes?” he said uncertainly, as if he’d made a horrible and irreparable mistake.
“So you’d come for a lesson too, when I have my next one?”
“Um, if I’m free, sure.”
And so, standing outside my office one cold Tuesday morning, I was on the phone to a nice lady who sounded like she was sure I had fallen out of the nearest tree given the overwhelming and not entirely explicable enthusiasm in changing my private lesson to a semi-private so that my riding novice boyfriend could join me.
“He is quite tall,” I explained, hoping that if 6’5” William Fox-Pitt can ride little horses, then my even taller boyfriend would be fine.
“That’s fine,” she said. “So long as he’s not over 16 stone, it’s not a problem. There you go, that’s all booked for you.”
Thus begins The Writer’s foray into horsemanship. Although if he turns out to be better than me, it might be something I regret.