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Dawns at Ezzi Mannu

Ezzi Mannu is a small village in the Stintino municipality. 7,8 houses of pink, apricot, water green and blue colors. There is a green flowerbed with a small fountain in the middle. The surrounding country gently slopes down towards the sea. In the Summer time all colors are of all the green and yellow shades of the harvested fields, always having the blue colors of the  sea as a background.

Just in front of that village there was a large enclosure with the riding horses inside of it. The first time I asked for information, the owner, a tall kind gentleman, told me that horses would go for a stroll only at sunrise or at sunset. This because the beach would be crowded with tourists and it would be impossible to run across it on horseback.

I had been riding only for a year and only in town inside a fenced field under a big tent. I had never been out on a stroll, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know if I were able to lead a horse keeping a security distance for me and the others. But I decided to try anyway. I thought :” when would it be possible for me to ride a horse along a 10 km beach?” Then that gentlemen, the guide, seemed reliable to me. 

The following morning I was there, a little early on the agreed time, 6 am. I was surrounded by the live silence that can be found only in a countryside close to the sea.

The guide put the saddle on a dark bay horse for me. He had a long black mane and deep dark eyes. My town instructor had told me not to ever stare a horse I had just met in his eyes as horses have always been preys and their predators stare at them when they are on the point of attacking. The horse would have interpretated my gaze as a threat or a challenge.

That bay horse  kept on looking at me instead, calmly and quietly, as he wanted to understand who he would have strolled with during the next two hours.

We headed south-west, as we meant to reach the pond and see all the protected species.Pink flamingos overall…..

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Obstacle field and horses in Sassari

A friend of mine in Sardinia is specialized in findind hidden addresses, authentical restaurants which aren’t meant only for turists.

Gorgeous music, special guides for excurtions, concerts tickets on the Asinara island.

Once he even found me a cardiologist at the Alghero harbour. A friend of a friend.

Here it still works like that. His advices, addresses, his news about the place are all for free and of the moment. He says all this along with a smile, after he has been telling a joke. He is called EZ3

I was looking for a horse riding instructor, being a second level at least (what a presumption!). Consider that FISE (Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri) levels are 3. Because of some strange memory defect, I cannot remember an obstacle jump course. So I didn’t have a licence either. From a formal point of wiew, I was an absolute beginner with a little experience in obstacle jump. But I was decided to find an exellent obstacle jump instructor in Sardinia.

EZ3 calls a girl he knows.

I don’t think he has ever seen a horse if not in a movie, but after a minute he gives me a FISE instructor phone number and an appointment for the day after, early morning.

The following day I am in the countryside between Sassari and Alghero. I turn in a dirt street and find myself in front of a closed gate.

The sing of the equestrian centre was small and faded.

After a little while, as puctual as a swiss watch, a dark haired gentleman arrives.

His hair is curly and long up to his neck. He introduces himself by his name, friendly but dry.

He is the horse riding instructor I was waiting for. The one who should have brought me on an obstacle jump course. At that time nobody was there yet. The obstacle jump field was huge, it had just been combed. It was surrounded by very high cypresses and it was flanked by large paddocks, the previous stables. Behind rows of vineyards and lemmon and oranges plants there was a small round to make horses turn and another smaller field for the dressage.

One of the nicest equestrian centre I have ever seen. Open air and only a small blue dome above all that.