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4 legs and 2 legs 2gether

I’ve never believed in ‘4 legs good, 2 legs bad.’ Indeed, I think that 4 legs and 2 legs working in unison can make something beautiful.

The 4 legs, by the way, are that of a horse, the 2 its’ human rider. The thing of beauty is the art of dressage. I’ve been thinking about one of my desires. One of the things that I would like 2 do.

Watching a BBC 4 documentary (don’t the coincidences keep coming?), I saw the historian Lucy Worsley achieve one of my desires – to see the horses (4 legs) and riders (2) of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. These are masters of the art of dressage – an equine ballet, perfect communication between 2 species in the shared language of the dance. The perfect combination of grace and power. The school has its roots in the military – horses of the light cavalry had to be perfectly agile – but beauty and goodness is the other side of the coin of war.

Ronald Duncan, in his poem The Horse put it better than I ever could:

‘Here, where grace is served with muscle,
And strength by gentleness confined…’

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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in art, countryside, history, horses


A wee bit about me

Hello, I’ m Evelyn.

History lover, arty type, keen walker, would be outdoorsy sort. Proud Scot but not in a ‘Brave heart sort of way.’😉 I’m lumbered with a combination of mental health problems and I find all of these activities escapist and therapeutic, although I probably should spend more time doing them and less watching telly…

Yes, I’ll admit that I wouldn’t mind making some cash out of writing. In fact, I’d love to write an historical novel …now I just have to decide where and when to set it…

So here are some of the things I ‘ would like to’ do, in no particular order

1. Write that novel!
2. Live in a caravan in the woods
3. Become physically and mentally fitter.
4. Learn about politics and the law
5. Become a better artist
6. Help people with mental health problems
7. Do more horse riding

I’ ll be writing about history, art, mental health, walks I’ be been on and well, basically anything in the news that grabs my interest.

I don’t have any decent photos but I will get some. I might even post up some of my drawings if I have the nerve!

I hope you enjoy my wanderings☺

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