This was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Last month, my friend David Rodriguez called me up and said that he’d take me down to watch the Pervian Paso Horse semifinals and that they would be doing the semi-final round for the Marinera competition. Having lived in Peru for quite a while, I knew that the Marinera is Peru’s most emblematic dance (it is a wonderful traditional yet extreemly flirtatious spectacle). However, I couldn’t understand how horses would be involved.
“The Marinera?” I asked skeptically.
“Yes,” David responded, “The horses dance.”
Having grown up in a rodeo town, the concept of dancing horses was foreign to me. However, I tell you, this Paso horse Marinera competition was something else. Just writing about it now gives me little shivers. Imagine, they teach their horses to dance! What a beautiful lovely concept. And for any of you who know horses, you know that a horse is the type of animal that can appreciate a little bit of flirtation. It didn’t take long to realize that these animals were IN to what they were doing.
Truly, it was just spectacular, the pictures and the video that I took don’t do it justice. Did you notice in the picture above that the girl is barefoot? Have you ever been STEPPED on by a HORSE? I have, and let me tell you, it’s not something that you want to have happen when you’re barefoot.