Nobody warned me that as a young officer in the Royal Artillery I would be obliged to do early morning equitation lessons while on the Young Officers Course at Larkhill. I wasn't very good. The thing is, my horse, an evil offspring of Beelzebub called Paddy, figured that out very quickly. I spent more time off the recalcitrant beast than on it and haven't boarded one since. I don't feel that has been any kind of a loss in my life. Nick Bull, the unfortunate rider on a retired race horse called Shamrock in the clip above, well passenger rather than rider really, may currently be experiencing the same emotions.
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T.E. Lawrence; Seven Pillars of Wisdom