A horse-farm owner named Fiona L”Estrange, who is also an FEI dressage rider and also teaches and trains sent me this explanation of why she has spent much of her life riding horses. She has also promised to send some pictures of her abs if enough readers urge her on!

18- You don’t have to sneak your riding magazines into
the house.

17- If you are having trouble with riding, it’s
perfectly acceptable to pay a professional to show you
how to improve your technique.

16- The Ten Commandments don’t say anything about
riding.

15- If your trainer takes pictures or videotapes of
you riding, you don’t have to worry about them showing
up on the Internet when you become famous.

14- Your horse won’t keep asking questions about other
horses you’ve ridden.

13- It’s perfectly respectable to ride a horse you’ve
never met before, just once, or, ride many horses in
the same day, whether you know them or not.

12- When you see a really good horse, you don’t have
to feel guilty about imagining riding him.

11- If your regular horse isn’t available, he/she
won’t object if you ride another horse.

10- Nobody will ever tell you that you can go blind if
you ride by yourself.

9- When dealing with a riding trainer, you never have
to wonder if they are really an undercover cop.

8- You don’t have to go to a sleazy shop in a seedy
neighborhood to buy riding stuff.

7- You can have a riding calendar on your wall at the
office, tell riding jokes and invite co-workers to
ride with you without getting sued for harassment.

6- There’s no such thing as a Riding Transmitted
Disease.

5- If you want to watch horses on television, you
don’t have to subscribe to a premium cable channel
(but you might need a video tape).

4- There’s no need for promising to ride the same
horse for the rest of your life.

3- Nobody expects you to give up riding if your equine
partner loses interest in the sport.

2- You don’t have to be a newlywed to plan a vacation
primarily for the enjoyment of riding.

1- Your horse will never say, “What? You just rode me
last week! Is that all you ever think about?”