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What Is The Experience Of A Horse Riding Essay

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I had gone horse riding before Altai, but not since I was about 10 or 11 years old. Even then, when I was riding regularly, I still got nervous before mounting the horses. The riding instructors were not very nice to the horses and they got scared extremely easily because of that. I had nearly fallen off multiple times and those memories still shake me up today. So in this trip I was terrified of falling off the horses if they got freaked out. When we were due to pick our horses, I was really nervous. As the instructor was demonstrating how to turn the horse (the horse did not look happy at all doing it), some of the horses got annoyed with each other and whinnied in an aggressive way. I didn’t see what happened but it was clear that the horses…show more content…
I took a few deep breaths and forced myself not to panic.
Then, as though something had awoken inside me, I pulled a little harder to the left and the horse’s head actually turned. I nudged its side while steering, willing the horse to change direction. The cool air and rushing of the river was starting to calm me down. My horse walked towards the rest of the group, most of whom were also having issues with their horses. When we had all formed a line and were heading out. I was still a bit nervous, but then it hit me. I had more experience than most of the people riding horses. I could do most things on a horse; walk, trot, canter, stop, turn. That was all I really needed. I smiled to myself. It was going to be okay. With the soothing sounds of the river and forest, the fresh breeze on my face, I felt like, as long as the horses didn’t get scared and start galloping, I would be fine. I started to space out, not concentrating on keeping my back straight, or keeping my hips, neck, and ankles in line. I was too busy looking around and stroking my horses warm, soft neck. My saddle lured me into a dazed state - I wasn’t really thinking about anything, and since I had no one to talk to, I
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