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Starting the Horse Adventure at an Older Age
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Starting the Horse Adventure at an Older Age

I didn’t get into horseback riding until I was 53. It’s been over five years now and what a journey it has been. I remember the many skeptical relatives and friends when I said I was planning on getting a horse. There were warnings, laughs, headshakes and looks of disbelief. What bothered me most were the voices that directly or indirectly indicated that I was pretty naïve to think that I could get a horse and take care of it, learn how to ride it and that it all would contribute to my happiness rather than to my agony. I also heard the inevitable “you are not getting any younger” remark.

I shrugged it all off and went for it. It has been one of the most wonderful things I ever did in my life. It wasn’t easy, but I cannot imagine my life now without the rides on my beautiful horse on the trails, in the woods, around lakes and along the river. I have a wonderful, reliable friend in my horse and if I regret anything, it is that I did not do this sooner. I had to accept that learning to ride and control a horse would take me much longer than it takes a young person, and that it takes a lot longer to recover from even small injuries, which we will inevitably get while engaging in this sport. However, riding is the best exercise I can imagine. It is not only fun, but the relationship with a horse is incredibly rewarding. I am not too old for this – on the contrary, I feel like it’s keeping me young.

I have also met many other people, mainly women, who are my age or older, who ride regularly and make great trail companions, and I am not the only one who started riding late in her life. Moreover, I have met people with severe disabilities, from multiple sclerosis to stiff legs who still ride and whose riding even works as therapy. My two favorite and inspiring encounters were a woman older than me who lived in a trailer with her horse that she takes all over the mountains and to the ocean. The other was a woman who must have been close to eighty years old riding her gaited horse as if she was glued to him. The two had been doing this for twenty years and I couldn’t have asked for a better role model since I cannot imagine ever giving up horseback riding. To all the nay-sayers who tried to discourage me, I say, “You have no idea what you are missing out on,” and to all those who have toyed with the idea of taking up horseback riding at an advanced age, I say, “Go for it. You won’t regret it.”

 

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  1. lkcephas
    I couldn't have said it better myself! I got my first horse and started seriously riding at 49, almost 5 years ago. Now I measure my life in BH and WH ("before horse" and "with horse"). Life is Good.
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    1. Love That Horse
      Oh, that's wonderful. It's great to hear that others have had similar experiences. Enjoy your horse!
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      1. lkcephas
        That would be horseS. :)
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        1. Love That Horse
          Same here ;)
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      2. miracle dream horses
        miracle dream horses
        i am glad i joined this web side i only worked with horses for 2 years after retiring from healthcare ,now i rehab horses great joy and reward
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        1. Love That Horse
          Good for you!
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  2. Grove
    At the age of 35 (16 years ago) my wife bought me 4 riding lessons for my birthday. If I had every penny back that I have since spent on horses, I would not have a mortgage. I would rather have the horses. My part time work allows me to spend as much time as I need working with Zara, my Tersky x Orlov mare. I also take nearly full time care of another 4 from Irish draught to a 12 hh Dartmoor Hill Pony at our rented stables. My oldest son is BHS stage 4 qualified and BHS AI teaching level. It all started with those 4 lessons. My wife is delighted. :)
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    1. Love That Horse
      That is wonderful, Grove -- another proof that horses can change our lives.
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      1. miracle dream horses
        miracle dream horses
        i agree horses changed my life they give me a reason to get up in the morning before i would not get dressed ore leave the house because of depression loosing my husband after 30 years
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    2. miracle dream horses
      miracle dream horses
      wow thats awesome ha ha you got your hand full
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    3. Love That Horse
      Inredible! A life full of horses, morning to night. That's the life indeed.
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      1. miracle dream horses
        miracle dream horses
        joy and peace around them no argument ha ha
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  3. miracle dream horses
    miracle dream horses
    horses are very special i was retired before meeting my first hose i never had so much fun and pleasure in my life looking for to see them -enjoying them play its so rewarding my heart filled with joy and laugher being with them i am so proud you stuck to your believe never give up no matter what others think and say enjoy life is precious you are amazing love your blog
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    1. Love That Horse
      Thank you!
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