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NOT ‘OUR’ Night

Dating is difficult, but it might be even more so for horsewomen.


Susan and her equine love, Tiz a Knight.

When I was a girl of 10, newly smitten with horse fever, I wasn’t interested in boys and thought it would be perfect if only I could marry a horse. Two decades later I sometimes feared I might, in fact, have to marry a horse. There seemed to be no suitable human alternative … as evidenced by the blind date standing at my door wearing an orangey leather jacket. “I like your sconces,” he smiled. Did I hear that right? Seriously!? He liked my sconces? What about my hair? My outfit?

The wrought iron sconces flanking a large floral print over the sofa in my Los Angeles starter apartment captured Kevin’s attention the moment he stepped inside. I had only just learned what sconces were a few years before when Pottery Barn began mailing me catalogs.

| Date Night |

Minutes earlier when I opened the door and saw him standing there, I just knew it wasn’t going to work out between us, and I hoped my face didn’t display my disappointment. Kevin was not my physical ideal—at all. And I couldn’t get past the orangey leather jacket. Those factors combined with the sconce compliment threw me off. I had a sixth sense it was going to be a long night.

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