Horses and Women have been part of my life for long years. I started off early on horses from a young age and perfected my skill later at the military academy. I also picked up horse polo at the academy, though I dare say I wasn’t a champion in this discipline of sport.
Horses drew me nearer to girls and after diverse experiences have reasoned that riding a horse may be an exhilaration that is almost akin to a conquest of a woman. My first experience of horse riding was when I was in my 6th standard. My dad an officer at the. Indian armed forces got me registered with his influence in the native BSF horse battalion. After initial aches and pains, I started to love riding horses. I realized I had a fantastic vibration with my horses and I understood them as they knew me. I realized this as I galloped across hills and dales in Mhow.
As soon as I entered the academy, I had a head start over the others who had just started t ride horses. I was an adept rider and so the instructor gave me lots of leeways. I had been left alone for extended periods. He also introduced me to his daughter that was a blond and as good a horse rider as anyone can come across.
By a quirk of fate, we were often thrown together and when riding we developed an intimacy that’s lived with me down the years.So frequently we would ride to the distant hills and tether the horses into a tree when we followed up with time in each others arms.
Sally (I’ll give her this name, not the real one) was also a wonderful polo player and that is how I got hooked on the game. It gives me great pleasure I played horse polo because it’s a game that previously was the preserve of the Maharajas such as Bhupinder Singh of Patiala and the maharajah of Jaipur. This was the most exhilarating term at the academy. But all good things come to an end the Sergeant Major got transferred back to England. The moving of Sally influenced me and I never developed my Horse polo after she left, but riding lasted. Even now whenever I’m in Mumbai I ride at the Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi and also at Singapore in the Police academy. I thus remain fit and thank my dad he forced me to learn to ride.
The first is physical fitness and increased stamina. These two are the ingredients that induce life. I have been saddened that this sport is out of reach for 99% of my countrymen and only if one joins the police or armed forces can one have access to horses and be a rider or if one is wealthy. The final category has tons of money and some like my Parsi friend own dozens of stallions. Some also have horse farms that develop race horses. I have ridden a few and I will say riding a race horse requires greater skill as the horse once in gallop can be mastered only by a skillful rider. It may also be harmful as was seen when a horse threw the Superman Star Steeve Reeves off his back and the great star broke his neck. Certainly this is a macho sport, but in my opinion the thrill is great.
There is a spillover as I have found women are attracted to horse riders. I won’t dwell on this aspect much as it is a personal matter. But if one has seen the Hindi movie” Zubieda” starring Manoj Bajpai as the Harker Heights Wildlife Removal and Karishma Kapoor because his love says it all. A horse is a great animal, he senses the disposition of the rider. I recall I was in a surly mood at the Mahalaxmi after a tiff with my woman and the excellent beast sensed it. He refused to gallop and sauntered around to where my girl was on a horse. What an animal, who can believe it?
Finally a bit of baring the soul. Horses and women go together. But this is a different game and you will find thrilling moments and sad ones. Sad when one of my friends captain Sangha expired playing polo after a fall and happy at a number of the loveliest girls who I have dated were also riders like me.
Lastly, what can I write further? I will just add that horses and women go together and I expect many young men and women can ride this sport. India is the laggard and it is about time we caught up with the world. Let’s not forget those terrific Indian Hindu warriors such as Bindusara and Chandragupta that were great horse riders. For Hindu kings and warriors it was a manly sport, so let’s pick up the threads.