1 July 2011

A ride into the clouds

Gabroo and I don’t see eye to eye. Chiefly because he stands a stately seven feet tall in his socks, while I barely make a meagre five and an inch on a good day. Yet, when his black eyes look deep into my brown ones, I feel a frisson of thrill run down my spine.

‘You and I will be just fine,’ I whisper, stroking his long mane. He snorts in return.

The guide grins wide, displaying shocking stained teeth. ‘Gabroo best horse. He really tame. He like you.’

I wonder with a stab of suspicion whether, by the word “like”, the man is indicating comparison or appreciation. Then in a rare fit of generosity I decide to...

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