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  1. Louise

    As someone who regularly treats people who have been thrown off, trampled by, kicked and generally maimed by horses, I greatly admire that you turned up in a singlet top with sequins. This must explain your general aptitude in the anti-gravity stakes, I’ve never seen anyone come in off a horse wearing sequins- I think you are definitely onto something here. If you could only work out how to patent this discovery I think your financial future would be set. I too had my own pubescent dalliance with horse riding, though mine lasted a bit longer than yours ( a few years). I don’t think I’ve ridden since I did a 3 day trail ride in the Canadian Rockies for my 21st, and now blessedly I am too old to ride. I firmly believe that those over 40 should never be on any sort of conveyance, except perhaps a bicycle- horses, skis, skateboards, rollerblades etc are far too boneshatteringly dangerous now, not to mention undignified.

    1. whisperinggums

      LOL Louise … I’m glad you mentioned the top with sequins. All I can say is if she’d been younger and still living at home she wouldn’t have been allowed out of the house in a top like that to go horseriding! Dancing, yes! Horseriding, no! But, you know, she’s her own person now and she did survive, so who am I to say… And what a great Christmas gift, eh?

  2. Priyanka

    You always make me laugh! I totally get it when you said that you mounted the horse in style and grace 😉 Seriously I cannot for the love of god, mount on a horse’s back! It’s always a herculean task. Something tells me this comment sounds a bit weird but oh well, you get the point right 🙂

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    LOL You had me laughing from beginning to end Dear Miss Hannah. Thanks for being an entertaining and fresh voice and I hope to read every one of your 2011 adventures-on a horse or not! 😛

  4. Jonathon Clarke

    What a gorgeous post, with equally wonderful photos! The portrait one of you is such a perfect depiction of what was obviously such a happy day. Your brother is a lucky man to have a talented and generous sister such as yourself! 🙂 I hope your Christmas was everything you wished it to be! xox

  5. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    That is such a cool and thoughtful gift – better than what I got my brother. P.S. your brother really is handsome.

  6. Lizzi

    Get on my horse, I’ll take you round the universe… and all the other places too!

    “I think you’ll find that the universe pretty much covers everything.”

    Shut up woman, get on my horse.

  7. Anna Johnston

    Miss Hannah, we absolutely must see more of you doing the outdoorzy thing.., your absolute delight & glee with horseriding could almost be bottled & sold with this one. Glad you & your bro enjoyed your day out. Gals like us are lucky duckies to have such cool bro’s huh! 🙂

  8. penny aka jeroxie

    How much fun… totally envious that you can ride a horse 🙂

  9. Johanna GGG

    what a christmas treat! you look very relaxed – those lessons must have been well worth their while – I started off on donkeys at my best friend’s place until she got a pony – it was a huge step up as a child and every now and again I think it might be fun to go on a ride. I also read horsey novels as a girl so I knew I should rise to the trot and enjoy the gallop – which was much easier on the page than on the horse!

  10. Li

    When did you go horseriding? Because, coincidentally, I went horseriding on boxing day!! My horse was called Stormy, and he/she (I’m mortified that I didn’t find out the gender of my horse) was so greedy that, every time there was half an opportunity, he/she would lean down and start munching on grass/leaves. It was very fitting though, since I also like to eat. He/she was the perfect horse for me, obviously.

  11. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    oh this looks like so much fun!! i’m a little scared of horses. i fell off once & narrowly missed a cow pat. your ride looks like a lot more fun!
    Heidi xo

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  13. Agnes

    Hehee, I love horse riding! Hurts like a bugger afterwards tho….

  14. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    I. am. jealous!!! I havent been riding in too long!! I must go and check out Forrest Park! Is that where you rode?

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  16. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    I had to read the horsey post! So glad you enjoyed it and hope you have been able to gallop like the wind since 🙂