June 01, 2012

The Icelandic Stallion.

When I was a young girl, riding was my passion. I can not really adequately describe the sensation, but I was the happiest when I was on a horseback.
This was however a life time ago and the last time I sat on a horse was almost twenty years back, riding towards the sunset on a secluded beach in Puerto Rico.

In life though, we never know who meet and what those encounters can lead to and as luck have it, one of my husbands acquaintances, a jovial and kind woman, has a passion for horses. And thus once again, with her help and guidance, my own passion for riding has been rekindled.

Sitting on horseback recently for the first time after a couple of decades, I relived the happiness I once felt as a young girl. The sensation and "know-how" returned to me easily and the encounter left me wanting more. In difference from my past experiences, when I rode large stallions, this time I rode an Icelandic horse. Pony like in size, however not a pony, these horses are  known for having additional gaits, among others a very distinguished riding stride called tölt, which is a mix between a walk and a trot. They are small, yet strong and resilient, with a placid temper.

Riding through a beautiful natural scenery, in great company, my world was once again set momentarily right, as yet another set of unforgettable moments were added to my recollection.



24 comments:

Rahul Bhatia said...

Zuzana, this must indeed be great to ride a horse after a long gap through the green meadows:) I am sure you must be feeling elated:)

Elizabeth said...

You look so happy, must be great to reconnect to something that meant so much to you.

Lilybets said...

Zuzana,I would love to riding one day..I love animals,how are horses?What character do they have?Can communicate with them?I had as frends only dogs,cats and hedgehogs!I forgot...fishes!
:-)

Maggi said...

How lovely for you to be able to recapture those early memories. There is nothing quite like the feeling that riding through the beautiful countryside brings.

Brian Miller said...

i will be riding again this summer...cant wait...we have some horse farms nearly in our back yard and i live to watch the horses...they are so magnificent...and yes having riden before i know the feeling and it is exhilarating...smiles...

Kath said...

I miss my horse when I read this, I have not ridden for about 20 years.
I have always been rather fascinated by the Icelandic horse, with their running gait. I've heard it is very comfortable over long distances. I'd love to go on a riding holiday in Iceland!
I'm very happy that you have rekindled your passion, I hope it will help to make the time bearable while your lovely husband is away.

Julie Hibbard said...

Isn't is so enjoyable to be reminded of how much you love something? I love NEW adventures and experiences that are born from OLD recollections and memories.
The horses are gorgeous...as are YOU, sweet, happy lady!

G said...

How wonderful! I love these little horses. We saw them here at the Royal Winter Fair, and their gait is enchanting. How exciting that you've taken up an old enthusiasm!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

We live next door to a horse farm and stable. Watching them gallop and play through the meadows is a treasure. SO GLAD you have rekindled that passion.

MarieHarmony said...

Zuzana, a common memory there. I wish I could ride horses in Ireland. The last time was more than 6 years ago and I miss the beauty and the freedom of it.
I discovered horse-riding I was 14 and I had problems communicating with people of my age. This experience changed me.

I am happy you enjoyed this moment again. Stay well my dear friend. xx

steviewren said...

How wonderful to reconnect with something you love while your love is away!

ladyfi said...

Ah, how lovely. My daughter loves riding and Icelandic horses are so sweet-natured on the whole.

Cottage Garden said...

You look very much at home on that pony Zuzana. What a perfect day you must have had, the countryside scenery is wonderful!

There are horses in the paddock down our lane - they're lovely. Sadly, I cannot ride ....!

Jeanne
x

A Lady's Life said...

Oh you are a girl of my heart!!!
Nothing nicer than to enjoy a nice walk through the woods with such a wonderful creature as a horse.
I love them!!!

Betsy Brock said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun! :) They are beautiful animals!

Betsy Brock said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun! :) They are beautiful animals!

SandyCarlson said...

Very cool. I love the way this flowed.

A Plain Observer said...

so good to read you again! love your writing and so good to see this new journey develop. It is a gift to get to know a writer through their "reflections" and see the changes in their lives, like we have seen yours and when those changes are of a happy nature, even better.

Rajesh said...

It is a wonderful experience to revisit again what you enjoyed in childhood.

Myrna R. said...

So nice to rekindle that old flame of youth's passion. It must be wonderful to ride horses. I have only done it a few times in my life and sadly my memories are filled with some terror. I'm just not a sportswoman. But you are and you look great.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Zuzana,

So glad that you could rekindle the love of riding horses again.
I loved seeing your photos and what a lovely place to take a ride.

Happy new week
Hugs
Carolyn

adrielleroyale said...

Oh how wonderful!! I love riding as well :) So glad you are having such wonderful days :))

Hilary said...

Very lovely. It's been about a dozen years since I last went riding. I'd go again in a heartbeat. Keep on enjoying, my friend. :)

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Dear Zuzana! I know that same " girly giddyness" only a horse crazy gal can know... The smell, the touch, the wisdom in a horses eyes... Nothing can compare to that first love.... It thrills me to see you rediscovering this passion! I did the same thing a few years back and instantly fell in love with them all over again.! I hope you can make it a regular thing... I've missed my equine encounters greatly as I gave them up after the American economy fell flat a few years back... However, I DO hear horse hooves in my dreams. Thank you for your recent visit!
xo Deb