ManiStyle: Fun in the Saddle

I recently rented a townhouse at the edge of a French village set in the early 1950s. Across a canal from my house is a country trail… White fences and […]

I recently rented a townhouse at the edge of a French village set in the early 1950s. Across a canal from my house is a country trail… White fences and trees set among grasses and wildflowers.

And horses. People riding horses. I was impressed. The horses were wonderful and I quickly decided to get my own horse and ride in the French countryside each day.

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Some research in the Second Life Marketplace soon gave me several leads on stables selling riding horses. There is a distinction to be made here among SL virtual horses. There are three varieties. Horses to ride. Horses to breed. And horses in the form of avatars. We’ll just focus on horses to ride.

My research led me to visit a stable in-world. They offered every kind of horse: ponies, Arabians, standards, Clydesdales, war horses, etc. There were demo horses and I spent a day or two trying them out. I ended up choosing a beautiful Arabian with Western tack. English tack was an option. I realize the French probably use English saddles but being from Texas I have to have a cowgirl saddle.

You wear your horse, thus you don’t have to worry about rezzing rights or prim counts. The menu options are so many, suffice it to say that I can make her do anything a real horse can do. Riding is such fun.

Only one thing took some work to sort out. I needed to adjust the stirrups. This must be done by going into Edit, choosing to Edit Linked Parts and carefully adjusting several objects. I also discovered that my usual boots which have fashionable high heels would never fit. I found some nice boots with low heels and now my feet fit into the stirrups perfectly.

There are a number of places to ride your horse in SL. A few links are listed below.

Links to Stables

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