Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I *Heart* Horsies

I was one of those kids who were absolutely crazy about horses. I had posters of stallions and I read and watched Black Beauty avidly. I read Marguerite *smile* Henry and collected books from this series called The Saddle Club. I never asked for a pony, but I do want (present tense) a miniature horse. When I was about 8 years old, my grandfather bought a mare for his farm in the mountains. My sister and I thought of names to suggest - cute ones, all beginning with the letter H. I was really partial to Hershey, but whatever; my grandfather decided to name her Hilda for reasons unknown. At least, the name still began with the letter H. It could have been worse, I guess. Not that Hilda isn’t a good name, but the Hilda I knew back then was a nun in my school. I didn’t think the name suited a horse. Anyway, the love for horses followed me into adulthood. I’m not really a rider, but I do love watching the sport. The summer I was in Santander, I spent many afternoons watching the Concurso Hípico Santander. My friends didn’t get the fascination, especially since I didn’t bet. I suppose it takes another horse lover to understand. I remember juvenile jokes about somebody being such a horse lover that she’ll grow up to marry a horse, but for the really passionate, that’s rather close to the truth. Not that they’d actually marry a horse (although wasn’t there something similar in the news a couple of years back, some woman married a horse?), but they have to find somebody who shares the passion, do stuff like check out equestrian dating service to find their match. In my case, my husband isn’t really into horses, but agrees that it would be a good idea to let Marguerite have riding lessons later.

6 comments:

The Kano said...

I think I've only seen one horse in the year I've spent in the Philippines. They are beautiful animals, and I wanted a pony when I was a young child. To this day, I remember wishing for one and that evening having a very vivid dream about getting one. However, imagine my disappointment when I awoke the next morning and did not see one in my backyard!

Nikka said...

I was a horse girl too. My binders and notebooks were plastered with pictures of horses, and this eventually grew into a fascination with unicorns. I collected unicorns from age 10 til... heck I bought something on my honeymoon. At 10, I found out about d'Rosa Riding Stables and I'd secretly call them and inquire about boot prices, stable fees and other horsie details. Glad to know I wasn't the only obsessed kid out there!

Sharkbytes said...

I was crazy about horses too. Read all those MH books, and pasted horse pictures on my walls.

spinninglovelydays said...

@Dave: Just one? I guess the farms here tend to use carabaos. The pony disappointment is something that many people share. :)

@Nikka: Didn't you have a really cool unicorn poster in your apartment? Or was that of a fairy? I forget, but I vaguely remember us talking about horses one time (I think I was inquiring about El Kabayo, lol). :)

@Sharkbytes: Ooh, another one! I still enjoy Misty's stories to date. :)

kryzteta said...

My friend who owns Pook Ligaya Stables gives lessons, maybe we can visit her sometime :)

spinninglovelydays said...

That would be great! Mark actually has that place in mind. I think it's the most accessible one anyway. :)