Learning to ride, falling down, getting back on
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Get a horse with a little sass. One who will try
to buck you if she knows you’ve been drinking
too much. Get a horse with a pretty mane. They
say looks aren’t everything, but they’re wrong.
Get a horse who will tell it to you straight —
who will look you square in the eye and say,
Girl, what the fuck were you thinking last night?
Who was that guy? Your horse must be willing
to trample anyone who was mean to you
in your childhood. It is not important whether
or not your horse can sing, or if she has a felony
record. In fact, a record in certain cases could
be helpful. Her flanks should feel smooth against
your ankles. Her legs should be fast, faster than
all your sadness. She should always be ready to run.
Brett Elizabeth Jenkins