UPDATED February 22th, 2018
Jane Smiley once said, “I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.” We too love horses so to honor the anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, the first of which took place on May 17, 1875, we’re giving you the obvious and not-so-obvious 15 reasons why women love horses.
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15. They are beautiful animals. From their flowing manes and big innocent eyes to their elegant strides, horses are beautiful to look at.
14. Horseback riding is romantic. Since it’s a mode of transportation that has been on the decline since the advent of automobiles, riding horseback is nostalgic and can be very romantic.
13. Horseback riding makes you feel at one with nature while working with a majestic animal. Not to go all Avatar, but there is a special connection with nature while riding a horse. The mutual respect and moving through space as one unit is an emotional experience as the rider connects with her own animal spirit.