Welcome to all the new members of the over 40 crowd. We'd all be sunk if our 'maturity' was the sober, methodical kind. I enjoy the maturity of people who can laugh at themselves in silly situations and take the long view because they've been through stuff before. This thread is more light hearted and silly than those where the young vent their angst and idealism.
I've had some fine riding and horse cuddling over the last few weeks. I am far more comfortable cantering than before and don't get as nervous about a crowded ring. I'm also practicing for my 1st schooling show on 7/15.
I love old mares! Lady is my pet in NYC - an aged sorrel quarter-horse type who loves neck scritches and gentle grooming. She's only used in the therapeutic riding program for children. Dancer (Dancing Star) is my mount at the NJ farm. We just found out that Dancer is 30 years old! She's still a good w-t-c horse who tolerates young children and can handle an adult beginner like me. We do trot & canter circles and changes of direction and she responds wonderfully to my legs. Extra carrots, hand grazing and baths for Dancer.
In another area, we are sadly preparing to say goodbye to Pepe, our little old Chi-mix (guess-Corgi?). I took him from the NYC kill shelter about 5 years ago and he just charmed us into complete servitude. He suffers from Cushings and pretty severe arthritis. Lately he is mostly unable to walk and in the last few days stopped cleaning his plate. He still loves cuddling and his game of "Who's toy is it anyway?" I'm just waiting until I know the right time.