Obsessed with Horses

For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of owning a horse. When I was ten, I tried to persuade (no, beg) my parents to buy one. Convinced that our backyard was big enough for one (it was not) I tried and I tried to find a way to make it work. In the meantime, I would ride my bike down hills, eyes closed (please don’t try this at home) pretending that I was on horseback!

The town library was exhausted by my requests for every horse book ever written. Every book with a horse character, from Black Beauty to King of the Wind was read more than once. And I watched every western, every Mr. Ed episode and any show that even briefly had a horse on the screen. Just looking at horses was a joy. Yes. Clearly it was an obsession.

Learning to ride was a large expense where I grew up, and it wasn’t until I was in my adolescence that my parents finally conceded (or rather caved) to my pleading, allowing me to take my first lesson. That first moment in a saddle was a joy that to this day still makes me smile.

Years later as a young adult, I took up riding again. But the lessons at a different stable took another direction. In a collaborative concept, before I even mounted, I had to groom and saddle my steed. And after the lesson, I had to muck out the stalls. This brilliant concept, taking part in the whole process, brought the connection between horse and rider to a whole new level.

While writing Elke’s Magic, I drew upon my own personal memories to depict the scenes when Elke teaches Meg and Sam how to ride. I knew how much it had meant to me back then, and I hoped that the characters’ first experiences would echo my own. I don’t own horses, and haven’t ridden in ages. But over the years I have managed to sneak several horse characters into my books. And so I have come full circle. I started out reading about horses. Now I write about them!

Published by ingerfoster

I am an author of the eight book series, The Circles of the Soul and two children's books, Happy Again and Timmy And The Unicorn. The first book in the series, Elke's Magic, is now adapted into a screenplay by Daina Ann Smith, and is waiting for the next steps towards development.

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