AN UNFULFILLED DESIRE
A desire is a sense of hoping for an outcome. Many people have a certain aspiration; probably the majority has more than one or two. We will do anything in our power to achieve as many as possible, however, not all yearnings are met and we end up being disappointed with ourselves or take it out on others.
I love animals, especially horses. Since I was a young girl, I used to watch show jumping on the sports channel at home. Thoroughbreds with their beautiful tails neatly brushed wearing common but immensely attractive show jumping tack; English style saddle, open-front boots, running martingale, and figure-8 nose band. The jockeys are also very elegant in black velvet helmets, tweed jackets, breeches and high riding boots. All these elements put together create such a lovely image to my eyes, yet the factor which fascinates me the most is the movement and precision of the rider which leads to a poised performance by the team.
The first time I ever rode a horse, I was eight years old. Sitting on a fourteen hands high mare seemed magical and that’s when I knew I wanted to become like my inspiration Nick Skelton - a world-renowned show jumping rider. My parents knew how much I wanted to learn so they began sending me to lessons. My instructor first taught me how to feel comfortable in the presence of various different horses and ponies, each of different sizes and had their own individual personality. In the first month I was taught how to clean a stable in the correct manner, feed and groom a horse. During this stage, it didn’t matter whether I was riding or simply meeting the animal’s needs. I become very close to a five year old mare - Moody. She grew to be my best friend, and funnily enough we seemed to understand each other more and more as time went by.
Throughout the next eighteen months, my instructor taught me how to control Moody. Trotting with her was marvelous; the feeling inside my stomach was indescribable. My mentor...
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