Girls and Horses



When I was at school all the girls in class either had a pony or wanted one. Many of them worked for peanuts at a local horse farm on Saturdays and in their holidays and competition for these jobs was fierce.

One day I was in science class with a girl called Laura who had a job at this particular farm and asked about it. She said the best bit was exercising the horses but that mostly the older girls and women did this. If she had a turn, it was usually the less biddable horses that weren’t so much fun.

I asked what did she do then, use a whip or something? I had no idea about this stuff and was just making conversation. She gasped and said something like, “God no, if I did that she would use the crop on me.”

This was more my interest even then and I asked if they would really do that.

Laura muttered something like, “Sometimes,” and quickly changed the subject.

As it happened a friend of mine’s older sister, Janet, worked at the farm, she was 18 or so at the time I think, so I asked her. I was told they were pretty strict and I might be surprised what went on.

Of course my imagination worked over time for years, but I never found out much more than that until much later.

Then a few months ago I got an email from Kerry complimenting the blog and saying it was good it came back. It is always nice when women say such things. She asked about horse related stories and told me a short anecdote.

She said that when she left school she had worked as a stable girl and that the owner was given to swatting and swiping girls across their bums if they were lazy or late. “It must have been hard to resist all those tight bottoms in jodhpurs.”

She said “one day I entered one of the stables to get a broom and shovel to use to clean out another stall and walked in on the owner with one of the young women across her knee getting a spanking on the bare bum.”

Kerry made a swift exit but thinks the girl had been cruel or impatient with one of the horses.

She hinted at other such stories but hasn’t got back to me.



One Response to “Girls and Horses”

  1. 1 Gretchen

    An intriguing and tantalizing equestrian vignette! I am not particularly into whips, and I have never gotten to do much horseback riding, but my stepmom grew up in the rural Midwest where her dad bought her horses to take care of and show at county fairs and such. She kept some of the tack from her farm-girl childhood, including a riding crop and a training whip. She didn’t deploy them on me or any of my siblings, but I would often sneak one or the other out to swish around and sample on my bare bottom to savor their unique sting. For a time she kept that riding crop — a beautiful braided leather one with some sort of wooden handle — atop the big long dresser that she and my dad shared in their bedroom. It has more recently occurred to me to wonder what that was all about? Thanks for putting up this nice post. I hope Kerry will respond and share more about the goings on at that stables.

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