It’s less than a week away and you have NO IDEA how to make the day of hearts, candy, cards, and kisses special…

Let me tell you…for a whole lotta women (and men) out there, this one’s EASY.

This Valentine’s Day, just go for a ride.

The romance of riding next to someone you love didn’t really occur to me until I came upon a Ralph Lauren ad in my newest issue of Vogue Magazine. A gorgeous guy kisses a gorgeous girl in a gorgeous grassy field—and they are of course aboard gorgeous horses. It is a set shot, sure, but captures the fantasy that many of us harbor within, that of blissful moments where our passion for the simplicity of the outdoors, for riding, and for horses crosses over into the real (and often convoluted and confusing) world of human-to-human relationships.

Sure, I’ve dragged men, most of them resigned if not a little scared, out on trail rides. I’ve saddled up a trusty “boyfriend horse” and instructed my beau du jour to “just drop the reins and grab the horn.” But I wouldn’t ever describe those escapades as romantic. For one, they were always my idea. For two, the guy was usually doing it because he felt like he had to if he ever wanted to see me again.

But you know what, all you non-horse-lovin’ partners out there, be you girls or boys, young or old? Suggesting a gallop along the beach or a stroll down the trail, summoning your courage, and enthusiastically joining in the fun that most certainly is riding a horse, could be your ticket to the very best and by far the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever.

You could take it one step further and propose. But that turns a very affordable date into a rather more pricey affair! And then there is the wedding to be considered…Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado, the former stars of the hit show Cavalia and the authors of the TSB bestseller GALLOP TO FREEDOM got married on horseback. Words of advice: match the suit and/or dress to the horse.

Hey, we all need a conduit for love, every now and again. You have (a little less than) six days to find the right place, and the right horse, to make the ultimate romantic Valentine’s Day date happen. Go for it.

Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado, the former stars of the hit show Cavalia and the authors of the TSB bestseller GALLOP TO FREEDOM, got married on horseback.