Riding in the Rain Shadow

Sienna Craig

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An American woman's horseback sojourn in Buddhist Mustang, where villages are protected by god-ponies.


riding feature image summer 1998It all happened rather quickly: the mount, the first few steps, and the ensuing rodeo that ended with me flung to the ground behind the western border of the city’s wall. Thinking back over the number of times I had had to mount and dismount throughout this day on the trail, I wondered if that ride was worth it. As it was, I ended up riding to Jomsom on Gyatso’s smallest horse—a quiet gelding, not much taller than the Tibetan mastiffs that guard local homes. I had been relegated, by the care of this fine man, to the loping doldrums of a horse well broken.

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