Excerpt from Conor Pope, The Irish Times, July 5, 2013Riders to the Sea ; Conor Pope Happily Leaves Civilisation Behind as He Treks on Horseback over Dunes and across Shallows to O'Connor's Island
'Trust your horse, he knows what he is doing," I am told as a beast called Bobble clamours over a rocky hill and plunges into ice- cold Atlantic waters with me perched precipitously on his back.
Well, I am glad one of us does.
I approach my first horseback adventure since I was a fearless teen with something close to terror - who knew horses were so big? - but I am calmed by the equanimity of my equine friend and I quickly settle into the saddle under the watchful gaze of Ursula Schweiger O'Connor, the owner of the Island View Riding Stables from where the trek sets off.
She runs a tight ship, does Ursula, and years of breeding horses and teaching people aged from four to 80 how to ride them have given her a most welcome serenity. …Read Full Article Here
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