Thursday, February 17, 2011

A beautiful quote

For all horse lovers, if you haven't read Riding Lessons and Flying Changes by Sara Gruen, you should.  They are wonderful novels about a former world-class rider, Annemarie, who is returning to her parents' horse farm after years of being away.  Clearly, though, the novel is written by someone who knows the horse world.  She describes everything from the click of the cross ties when you take them off and drop them, one at a time, to the way the water runs down your arm and into your shirt when you give a horse a bath.  I have never before read a horse novel that felt so authentic.

Anyway, there are plenty of lovely quotable lines in both novels, but this one — from Flying Changes was the most memorable to me.  It seems I am not the only person to compare riding a horse with having sex.

Hurrah transports me, and I give myself over to him. When I ride him I'm a different person — confident, competent, operating at a level somewhere below latent thought and in absolute concert with the magnificent animal beneath me. When I slide from his back, I am recharged and whole. How could I possibly let anyone witness that? It would be like letting someone watch me make love.

Beautiful, isn't it?



At February 18, 2011 at 8:13 PM, Anonymous Melody said...

Wow. I think I shall have to check these books out! Thanks for the recs! It's hard to find books that understand the world of horses.

At February 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Melody, I think you'd love them! It's about English riding, so it may not seem as familiar if you ride Western, but they are excellent books nonetheless! And horses are horses, no matter what the discipline, aren't they? ;o)


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