The great horse lunged ever forward as its thundering hooves pounded the earth beneath its rider. The high-desert brush whipped at its forelegs as the surefooted beast raced with dangerous abandon through unfamiliar territory. Its massive chest heaved as it gasped for air. Its mouth was thick with froth and its hair glistened heavy with sweat.
The rider leaned into the horse's shoulder, shouting for the animal to give more. Forcing him onward, pushing him for all he was worth, refusing to slow down.
To lessen the pace could mean his death, or even worse…capture.
© Copyright Scott Gese
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