“Lady Harrington lost the sight of one eye following a bad fall on the head. She rode in point-to-points despite the accident and had another fall on the head. She proved remarkably lucky: on opening her eyes she found that the second fall had restored the sight to her damaged eye.

Women hunted with worse disabilities than the loss of sight in one eye. One hunted with the Pytchley even though she had been born without hands and Lady Downshire lost a leg but continued to go remarkably well to hounds.”

Ladies of the Chase, by Meriel Buxton, 1987.

Published by Susanna Forrest

Author of The Age of the Horse: an Equine Journey Through Human History and If Wishes Were Horses: A Memoir of Equine Obsession.

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