Horses and Women have been a part of my life for long years. I started off early on horses from a young age and perfected my ability after at the military academy. I also picked up horse polo at the academy, though I dare say I was not a champion in this discipline of sport.
Horses drew me nearer to women and after diverse experiences have reasoned that riding a horse may be an exhilaration that’s almost akin to a conquest of a woman. My dad an officer in the. Indian armed forces got me enrolled with his influence at the native BSF horse battalion. After first aches and pains, I began to love riding horses. I realized I had a good vibration with my horses and I knew them as they knew me. I realized the rider had an invisible bond with the horse.
When 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 hence the instructor gave me a lot of leeways. I was left alone for long periods. He was a hard taskmaster but gave me lots of latitudes as I had a way with horses. He also introduced me to his daughter who was a blond and as great a horse rider as anyone can encounter.
By a quirk of fate, we were thrown together and when riding we developed an intimacy that has lived with me down the years.So often we would ride into the remote hills and tether the horses into a tree once we followed up with time in each others arms.
Sally (I will 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 now that I played with horse polo because it’s a game that earlier was the preserve of the Maharajas like 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 affected me and I never developed my Horse polo after she left, but riding lasted. Even now whenever I’m in Mumbai I ride in the Amateur Riders Club, Mahalaxmi and also at Singapore at the Police academy. I thus stay fit and thank my father he forced me to learn how to ride.
Riding has its spillover effect. The first is physical fitness and greater stamina. These two are the ingredients that induce life. The final category has tons of cash and some like my Parsi friend own dozens of stallions. Some also have horse farms which develop race horses. I’ve ridden a few and I can 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 terrific 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 drawn to horse riders. I will not dwell on this aspect much as it’s a personal matter. However, if one has seen the Hindi film” Harker Heights Wildlife Removal” starring Manoj Bajpai as the Maharajah and Karishma Kapoor because his love says it all. A horse is a terrific animal, he senses the disposition of the rider. I recall 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 woman 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 a different game and you will find thrilling moments and sad ones. Sad when one of my buddies captain Sangha expired playing polo after a fall and happy at some of the loveliest girls who I have dated were riders like me.
Finally, what can I write further? I’ll just add that horses and girls go together and I hope many young men and women can ride this sport. India is the laggard and it’s 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 game, so let’s pick up the threads.