Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Another Blurry Photo
It is hard to take good picture while your horse is moving. The guy in front is the guide and if you look further back you will see a herd of deer that crossed our path while riding. The horses seemed to be very scared of the deer and they became very sensitive pointing their ears straight up. There were also a couple of dogs that were walking with us during the ride, and some of the big deer chased them around.
It was mandatory to wear a helmet; I was surprised. The last I did horse riding was about 6 months ago during spring break in Colorado and not even there, right in the middle of the land of lawsuits did they force me to use a helmet. Instead in Mauritius, where few lawsuits occur, I had to wear one.
I felt honored to be riding such a horse. I had ridden fine horses before, but none of this caliber. Cinq fois champion de L'Ile Maurice! Must have been a really fast horse. David who owns race horses has told me before that I am too fat to be a jockey. I weigh 61 kilos and the average for a jockey is 51 kilos, so I need to lose 10 kilos before even considering doing competitive racing.
From the top
Since this past Monday was labor day in America, I got the day off here in Mauritius. I used the free time to go horse riding in a ranch near my house. The national sport of Mauritius is horse racing and this is one of the places where they train horses for their races. The recreational ones like the one I rode used to be race horses in the past, so they are really fine animals.
After the Jump
On Sunday morning Amelia and I went to Tamarind Falls in the south west part of the island to do canyoneering. Basically you walk down a river and rappel down it's waterfalls for half a day. The weather was excellent although the wetsuit felt a little cold in the morning. There are more pictures that I took with a waterproof camera and as soon as those are developed I will publish them.