This thread is a great idea.
Yes, I am over 40 and my 3 quarter horses help me to forget how much "over" I am.
I actually have very little time to ride them, but I keep showing.
I started riding when I was almost 6 years old and never stopped to spend time on a horseback. I tried all kind of English specialties such as jumping, endurance, eventing and even driving but the moment I learned about the western riding, I fell in love with it. It was not so common twenty years ago, here in Europe. I had to import QH from the US.
Than I had back and neck problems, a few herniated discs, the doctors said I would risk to end up in a wheel chair and I had to reduce my hours on horseback. But I suppose this is an ordinary story in this forum ☺.
I’m not only a rider, I also like to lean at the fence and watch the horses play around, I like to pet and talk to them and obviously give them treats
. No, I am not what’s called a “horse-mom” here at our barn in Italy, I just enjoy horses in various different ways. I used to paint horses many years ago, photograph them and writing about them. The blog (and FB page – The Hoofprint) THE HOOFPRINT | Diary of an AQH filly
is a literary experiment that uses stories told by a 2yo filly and my next published novel is about horses too.
I had no time to read all the older posts in this thread, but I read enough to understand that the people here enjoy horses notwithstanding the older age and all kind of health problems. So I feel in excellent company.