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Horseback Riding at Bobby's Ranch

May 16, 2015 7:53:31 PM EST | Beauty of Life (生活点滴) | Email to Friend(发邮件给朋友)

When I was at my 20's, I had a chance to ride a horse outdoor for the very first time and I was riding super fast like a professional. There was no sense of safety rules in China back then, I just got on a random horse while on vacation without any concerns or hesitations because I was always brave. No one around could believe a woman could ride a horse like a pro, some people refused to accept that it was indeed a woman on the back of the horse. In the end, I was very proud of my accomplishment. I only wish that we had the luxury to record the whole thing as we could today for a good memory.

Wanting to experience the excitement again, my friend and I finally went to the Bobby's Ranch in Concord, Mass. after having the initial thoughts months ago. I was hoping for a free and fast ride, but all they offer are either trail ride which is a walk, or canter ride, which is a slow run. I requested the canter ride, my friend could only do trail ride. After a special permission, they allowed my friend to record my ride in a ring. Too bad, the horse normally carries young kids refused to run as I wished. After a while of trying, he finally had a very slow run, which, of course, was better than no run.

Sabrina Yuquan Chen horseback riding

Disappointed, we had to get on the trail ride all together due to the time limit. Guided on the trail, we finally had a couple of opportunities to let the horses run a short distance. Unfortunately, when the horse was running, my friend could only hold on to the saddle to prevent himself from falling off, record the fast run was impossible.

Sabrina Yuquan Chen horseback riding

After all, no exciting moments were caught on video. But I'm determined to do it again in the future and I am confident I would have the horse run for me eventually.

年轻的时候出外旅游顺便骑了一次马。因为当时的国内没有安全意识,谁爱骑,怎么骑都行,而我天生胆子大,所以第一次上马就有了一次风驰电掣的兴奋经历,完全没有设想过万一出事的可能。尽管有一位女孩子惊奇而激动地喊叫着告诉大家有一个女人在飞速骑马,周围旅游的人们几乎都拒绝相信骑在马背上的人是一位女子。显然人们对一个女人飞快骑马感到惊讶和不可思议,尽管对我而言那是多么自然的事。后来我听朋友讲述后,还颇感得意了一番。只可惜那时候没有摄像机,没能记录下来这让我值得骄傲的一幕。

Sabrina Yuquan Chen horseback riding

时隔多年,每次想到这件事,我都有想要再体验一次的念头。和朋友谈骑马有好多个月了,这次终于一起去了附近的一个牧场。本来希望有机会让马跑起来后拍下来。可是美国人安全意识很强,对骑马这件事非常小心翼翼。我要求的慢跑(canter ride)只能在一片围起来的小场地做,我的朋友允许拍照还是请示过“上级”的。那匹马大概平时背惯了孩子,都是慢慢走,怎么都不肯跑,好不容易慢跑了一下。那令人向往的想象了多次的壮观局面终于没有出现。

因为时间有限,我们只好同时去trail ride,就是在乡间小路上走一圈儿。这中间反倒有机会慢跑两次,可惜跑的时候朋友只能抓紧马鞍别让自己掉下去而完全无法为我拍录像。最终精彩的过程几乎没有拍摄下来。

以后有机会还会再去尝试。有了这次的经验,下次一定会做得好很多,而且必须要求一匹漂亮的马。很期待!

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