Horseback riding in the heart of Delhi
A friend of mine told me that I should try and do everything I could in Delhi like if I was going to leave tomorrow. And she asked what would I do? I told her nothing… She thought I was showing attitude but well, making a life in Delhi was not really about visiting all the monuments there are… And I’ve seen a lot of them anyway.
However there was something pending on my “list” and this was horseback riding. And it is probably the most incredible experience I've had.
I was taken to the Army Polo and Riding Club located in the “lungs” of the city. Right there, in the middle of Delhi, you have plain jungle!
You arrive there, tell the name of a horse and they hand it over to you, all ready to go – in France most of the time you need to clean your horse, put the saddle and stuff…
You go up some steps and land on the horse – in France you put your foot in the stirrup and heave yourself up however you can.
And here you go!
You can go to the arena, or on the trails, you are completely free – in France no one will let you go before checking your riding skills and making sure you know the area.
So you have dozens of people riding around…
As for us we went on the trail. I was put last. No ride for at least 3 years… These guys started trotting and I realised I had a very uncomfortable horse and an even more uncomfortable saddle. I asked when we were going to gallop and was told the trail was too narrow. Never heard something like that! So I let them trot, hold my horse back and kept catching up galloping!! Full speed… Live your life like if you were going to die tomorrow…
After 40 minutes I was sweating and out of breath but damn happy!!
I could not feel my legs when I went down. I had two painful blisters on my fingers. And then I found out about the huge bruises all over my inner thighs and ankles. I also found out about muscle sores later but this I knew it would come… Not like the bruises!! Never had that. But it was so cool!!