"The long walk back, after the fall."
I have never competed in a horse show. I am basically in awe of the riders and the horses when I do attend a show. They are so brave and committed. Rider after rider they compete. Up and over the jumps, perfection, perfection! The horses are REGAL. They have a stoic stance. They know they are brilliant, and champions. Until…
Rarely, do you see a fall. There is a hush over the audience when I rider competes. But, there is even more of a hush after a fall. The silence is extreme. Nobody looks at the rider. Here, even the judge avoids eye contact. They say, a photograph is worth a thousand words.
What do you see?
The horse, obviously is now not stoic. Head down, eyes squinted. His entire body posture looks like he wishes to sink into the sand. But, look at the feet. He is in sync with his rider and her legs. Still partners, through and through. Right legs back, left legs forward. Head at her side on a loose rein. Partners.
The neon red sign of her score. The long walk back.