Horses and Women have been a part of my life for long decades. I started off early on horses from a young age and perfected my own skill after at the military academy. I also picked up horse polo in the academy, though I dare say I wasn’t a champion in this field of sport.
Horses drew me nearer to girls and after varied 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 enrolled with his influence at the native BSF horse battalion. After first pains and aches, I started to love riding horses. I realized I had a good vibration with my horses and I knew them as they understood me. I realized this as I galloped across hills and dales at Mhow.
When I entered the academy, I had a head start over others who had just begun t ride horses. I was an adept rider and hence the instructor gave me lots of leeways. I was left alone for extended periods. He also introduced me to his daughter that was a blond and as great a horse rider as everyone can encounter.
By a quirk of fate, we were often thrown together and when riding we developed an intimacy that has 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 will give her this title, not the real one) was also a wonderful polo player and that’s how I got hooked on the game. It gives me great pleasure I played horse polo as it is a game that earlier was the preserve of the Maharajas such as Bhupinder Singh of Patiala and the maharajah of Jaipur. This was the most exhilarating term in the academy. However, all good things come to an end the Sergeant Major got transferred back to England. The moving of Sally affected me and I never developed my Horse polo after she left, but riding continued. Even now whenever I am in Mumbai I ride at the Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi, Harker Heights Wildlife Removal and at Singapore in the Police academy. I thus stay fit and thank my father he forced me to learn to ride.
Riding has its spillover effect. The first is physical fitness and increased stamina. Both of these are the ingredients that induce life. I have been saddened that this game 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 last category has tons of cash and a few like my Parsi buddy own heaps of stallions. Some also have horse farms which develop race horses. I have ridden a few and I can say riding a race horse requires greater ability 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’s a spillover as I have found women are attracted to horse riders. I won’t dwell on this aspect much as it’s a personal matter. However, if a person has seen the Hindi film” Zubieda” starring Manoj Bajpai as the Maharajah and Karishma Kapoor as his love says it all. A horse is a terrific creature, he senses the disposition of the rider. I remember I was in a surly mood in the Mahalaxmi after a tiff with my girl and the great 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?
Lastly a bit of baring the soul. Horses and women go together. But this is not the same game and there are thrilling moments and sad ones. Sad when one of my buddies captain Sangha died playing polo after a fall and happy at some of the loveliest girls who I’ve dated were also riders like me.
Lastly, what can I write further? I’ll just add that horses and women go together and I expect many young men and women can ride this game. India is the laggard and it’s about time we caught up with the world. Let’s not forget those terrific Indian Hindu warriors like Bindusara and Chandragupta that were great horse riders. For Hindu kings and warriors it was a manly game, so let us pick up the threads.