Riders of a Certain Age
Your Guide for Loving Horses Mid-Life and Beyond
Surveys show that riders over the age of 40 are the fastest-growing segment of the horse world, with those age 65 and above seeing the biggest jump. Yes, when we conjure up images of “horse girls” the picture is generally comprised of happily grubby youngsters or teenagers with roomfuls of ribbons, but there is healthy segment of the equestrian population that first finds—or first finds time for—horses in midlife or beyond. And this is the only handbook available for these riders, trainers, rescuers, and volunteers.
With carefully curated guidance collected over years of horsing around, rider and writer Fran Severn knows of which she speaks and wants readers to feel emboldened and empowered by the tips, lessons, and advice shared in these pages. You'll find:
- Options for riding…and not riding (but still having horses in your life).
- Finding an instructor and being a good student.
- What can your body still do? Fitness, weight, and fear.
- Effects of menopause, arthritis, and changing vision, hearing, and breathing.
- Rules for buying, leasing, and boarding horses.
- Dealing with family and horse-related finances.
- And much more.
Riders of a Certain Age is poised to provide an important reference to any individual who craves the companionship of a horse and the sisterhood that can go along with it. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to “be an equestrian” but aren't sure which steps to take first, Severn provides all you need to get started safely, comfortably, and with confidence—and with the knowledge that you are far from being alone.