I was going through some old pictures and came across this: my first ride on an Arabian horse, photographed in Jordan circa 1978.
The young, dappled mare that I am sitting on was called Bride of the Night or عروس الليل in Arabic. She was a beautiful horse. Straight back, long legs, sleek and fast, built for desert speed. She was inquisitive and intelligent in nature, and kind and gentle to the inexperienced young rider on her back.
I was told to get up and go. So I did! I trusted her completely, and she rewarded me with that trust. Many years later, I would have my own Arabians, and I still do. We got two wonderful horses in Jordan and brought them with us to Spain. But this elegant young mare was my first experience of how special these horses are. She was the first!