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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Date: Nov 09 2007

Themes: Hobbies, Pets


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As little as one hundred years ago, most Americans rode a horse every day. Now many people go their whole lives without getting in the saddle. For people who live in cities, it’s a special occasion to ride a horse. It reminds of a simpler time when animals were more a part of our lives.

Devan recently got in the saddle and held the reins for the first time in her life. Listen to her tell Marni about it.


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Devan:  So over spring break I rode a horse for the first time in my life.

Marni:  Really? The first time ever?

Devan:  First time ever. It was so scary.

Marni:  Was it?

Devan:  When you watch in the movies, it looks like it’s all fun, you’re just galloping...It’s really really scary and it takes a lot of physical strength. I never would have thought. I was so sore afterwards. Have you ever rode a horse?

Marni:  I haven’t ridden one in years and growing up it was that whole cliché that girls love horses and I never got into that whole thing. I remember being terrified myself, riding them, “These things are too odd. I can’t figure ‘em out.”

Devan:  Yeah, like the trail we went on, it wasn’t, like, the horse trails where you’re just walking across a grassy field, tied nose to tail with a bunch of other people, this was off the beaten path, just going up the mountain. But it was actually a lot of fun. I was really surprised. I never thought I’d be a horse person either.

Marni:  So you think you’ll do it again?

Devan:  I think so. I have to conquer my fear. You should try it.

Marni:  I should try it. I should get over my fear of the horse.



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During spring break, Devan rode a horse for the first time in her life. She thought it was really scary. It wasn’t as easy as it looks in the movies. It required a lot of strength and wore her out.

Marni hasn’t ridden a horse in years, but also remembers being pretty scared when she rode one. She thinks it’s funny because there’s a common general belief that all young girls like to ride horses.

When Devan rode a horse it was exciting because she got to ride off the trail. A lot of times people go for horseback rides and they are led by a guide slowly down a path. It’s kind of boring. But Devan’s ride wasn’t like that at all.

Have you ever ridden a horse? Did you think it was fun?



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first time hear so fsat english!爽!!

02:21 PM Nov 11 2007 |




I own a horse, so I am used to ride every week. Horse riding is really beautiful. Sharing time with horses is also learning from them. i.g. having respect, being true – horses can not be cheated about your inner emotions – having patients and be 100% yourself. I have too less time to ride, but nevertheless riding is very relaxing and exiting. I ride mostly in the fields and woods. I don't want to miss it. Laughing

11:36 AM Nov 11 2007 |


Viet Nam

why i can not hear dialogue again

11:13 AM Nov 11 2007 |




09:56 AM Nov 11 2007 |

pear pan



09:44 AM Nov 11 2007 |



i've never ridden a horse either,but for i come from countryside,i experienced a lot of life out of doors and i like it!

09:06 AM Nov 11 2007 |




it's an interesting topic that i think.'cause i've never ridden before.i just hope to learn more!

08:40 AM Nov 11 2007 |



I have never ridden a horse.I think it is so exciting and risky.If I could do it,I would be a successful girl because of winning my scare.

08:05 AM Nov 11 2007 |



Yeah,horseback riding is prety interesting and full of challenge.I wish i'll ride on the horse with my girlfriend some day,galloping on the glassy field.Oh it's romantic.

06:36 AM Nov 11 2007 |




Neither did me,i want to ride a horse through a vast green grassy field,which is in the northwest plain.But you know more and more plain is becoming desert.the environment becomes more and more serious,i think government should take some measures to solve the problem;the most important role is ourselves,we must improve our awareness to protect the environment.only by doing so the dream like mine could come true.

05:34 AM Nov 11 2007 |



I had my first riding  two years ago,and also that was only time.It is usually funny and cool when I watch in the movies,even ridden by pretty girls,they are just galloping and full of energy.When I rode it the first time,I really feel scary,and I have to had somebody to guide me,It was safer but of course boring.It is not cool when you are not skill at it.But I think I will be that whole thing when you you are really such good at it

04:25 AM Nov 11 2007 |




So fast!

02:13 AM Nov 11 2007 |



I always indorse to ride a nice horse or taking a course would be imposed.

12:08 AM Nov 11 2007 |




I have never ridden a horse before but I did ride on an elephant in Ayuthaya,Thailand. Such a rewarding and enjoyful experienced.

11:42 PM Nov 10 2007 |


Russian Federation

I have never ridden a horse. But my friends like horseback riding very much.

06:03 PM Nov 10 2007 |




Very comprehensible dialog.

05:58 PM Nov 10 2007 |




Every week my daugther goes to its horse-riding lesson.  I come with her, and as I had ridden when I was 20 years old, I really like this atmosphere.

If you can try it!

05:53 PM Nov 10 2007 |



dont always speak in chinese ok?u r here to learn english guys!less guys would like to use their native language except english

03:33 PM Nov 10 2007 |

Kber __Al7a6'

United Arab Emirates

 I  never have rid a horse but i rid the camel i think a feeling is the same what you think

first , i feel interesting when they told me to rid a camel to taking a picture then when i rid it i feel my  hurt in my foot and i start to scream

But in the end , finally i stop screaming and they take for me a picture .

i think i will try it again ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Undecided


03:26 PM Nov 10 2007 |

Doris yu

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03:25 PM Nov 10 2007 |

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