I have always been fascinated with horses. They exude a certain air of tenderness, mystery and they just make me want to pet them. This pipe dream started when I took that trip to Lucban, Quezon all those many years ago. Some people there keep horses in their backyards, which inspired my dream of of getting a horse of my own someday. Of course, the dream also included learning how to ride the statuesque beast and maybe finally getting to brandish some colorful tottie clothing from equestrian clearance, as well as owning a bigger backyard to accommodate our new pet along with the few small animals like cats, dogs and chickens like we used to have when I was younger. I basically want my own little farm!
Anyway, I’ve just been to a heritage walk of Manila over the weekend where I saw these beautiful creatures, albeit attached to their carriages, dotting the old metropolitan streets, as if alluring tourists and locals alike to step up for a ride. I cannot resist taking a few shots, no matter how dismal my shutter skills were. I know my photos did not do them justice but these local horses lend a breath of fresh air to a childhood aspiration, hence, this out-of-the-blue horse post.
Horses have a relaxing and therapeutic way about them so I bet going for a horseback ride would be really soothing and calming, too. Also, owning a horse is a great way to teach little children about affection and responsibility. Not to mention, training to ride one makes for one perfect early-morning work out!
Oh well, I know I needed a considerable amount of money in order to buy a horse, even if I will opt for the most cheapest breed, so Black Stallions and Gypsy Vanners will definitely be out of the question as they are way too expensive. Those are what I would call luxury horses. Plus, there’s all that expensive horse-riding accessories and maintenance expenses to worry about. But who knows, I might just win the lottery one day and finally fulfill this dream! and I’d definitely get a ranch somewhere in Tagaytay, too, so that the little horse will have plenty of open space to roam around, unbridled. Maybe I’ll call him Lightning, I bet the little man will be thrilled! That dream is really quite a long shot, meanwhile, I will make sure to include horseback riding on our list of things to do in Baguio when we visit the City of Pines later next month!