[Udo Sapper] Wednesday, October 29, 2008 12:44:13 AM
Thank you all for your kind comments!
And having a horse is very nice and pretty much of a challenge.
I started horse riding at the age of 36 after meeting my wife (finally the woman of all - no, beyond - my dreams!). She had been riding for over 20 years.
I got totally hooked because a horse is ALIVE. When you hop onto your motorbike the machine does what you what it to do - always reacting in the same way to the same conditions. A horse - well, I always say a horse is only a person anyway - reacts the way it FEELS. Like we do. Going to the stable and meeting up with Spirit is always very cool because he'll show you immediately how he feels (tired, excited, even pissed off).
Of course I'm in charge - I have to be because giving him that feeling makes him feel secure with his surroundings. But I'm not gonna beat the shit out of him if he's having a bad day. Then we "talk" about it and just take it easy. He learns to trust me and I learn to be patient (I'm still a bit of an excited kinda guy...)!