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Title: Peggy Sewell.
Post by: Gyppo on October 16, 2020, 06:27:13 PM
I recently rediscovered Peggy, hiding in a almost forgotten file, and decided she was entitled to another 'ride out'.  A refugee from some distant National Poetry Month.  I bet some of you know the breed ;-)

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Peggy Sewell

Peggy Sewell only exists in my imagination,
with her beginnings in a notebook
and the rest in a computer file.

There's probably hundreds of Sewells out there
in the real world, some called Peggy.
Maybe thousands.

But my Peggy is different from them all.
For a start she's not a Margaret called Peggy.
She was created as Peggy, it's her real name.

She's tall and skinny, just topping six feet.
She has blonde hair, shoulder length,
and she loves horses.

No, she worships them,
riding at every excuse.
Which is why she's an instructor.

Find what you truly love, her father told her,
then get paid for doing it.
That way it will never feel like work.

And it doesn't.  Four AM ride-outs in the Summer
are pure bliss.  In the Winter, not so much,
but it was her choice.

She's gentle with novices, both human and equine,
and hard as nails with troublemakers.
It's a system which works, and "Works bloody well".

The horses rarely feel her whip, but the students...
Deliberately mistreat a horse and she'll lay it on, hard,
before banning you from her stables.

She weeps, quietly, when a horse is put down
and privately wishes she could do the same
to some of her customers.  But knows she can't.

She can recite the horsemaster's litany,
broken collarbones and ankles - hers,
broken fetlocks and worse for her horses.

She doesn't keep track of student injuries,
except for insurance purposes.
They either get better, or stop riding.

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Title: Re: Peggy Sewell.
Post by: Dansinger on October 16, 2020, 10:00:05 PM
Well, I could certainly picture her. I don't think she and I would get along very well. Then again, we'd probably never even meet. I avoid horses like the COVID.  ;D
Title: Re: Peggy Sewell.
Post by: Qwerty on November 07, 2020, 08:18:47 PM
My wife would get along with Peggy very well. Like Peggy, she's tall, athletically thin, blonde, loves horses, taught others how to enjoy horses, and has more than a few injuries caused by what she describes as unintentional dismounts. My life on motorcycles parallels her life on horses. Cheers!
Title: Re: Peggy Sewell.
Post by: Gyppo on November 08, 2020, 05:45:57 PM
When we were trying to learn how to ride horses, as a possible addition to our medieval combat show, we called it 'dynamic dismounting'.  With a wide repertoire of reduced impact falls at our disposal the woman who ran the stables was fascinated.

"I've never seen anyone fall with such elegance and grace.  Or so often."

When falling holds few fears I probably 'baled out' more often than someone  who was terrified of hitting the ground ;-)  Not the best way to learn.

Gyppo