When I started riding seriously in 2005, I was already in my 50s. I read stories of old riders and old horses still going strong. I knew I was getting a late start, but I figured I still had time.
I ended up with a horse who, as horses do, ages faster than I do. We’re both well over the hill, but neither of us is of an age that would be at all notable on the back page story of Horse Illustrated. So far, there has still been time, and I hope for more.
And the hills beckon.
Getting a late start learning everything about horses
I’m Curtis Clark. I’m a retired college biology professor. My old horse is Buddy, a bay overo of uncertain ancestry.
I’ve had a lot of teachers—people that I’ve paid to be in the arena with me, other people who work with horses, authors of books, and, with a tip of the helmet to Alois Podhajsky, horses. Some have taught me well, some have led me astray, and some have been golden. I have opinions, many strong, but all subject to change as I learn more.
I have found the different perspectives of different authors (and different horses) to be very valuable in my education. My hope with these articles is to offer a different perspective to the reader.
Currently, I moderate all comments. My intent is to approve all constructive comments, even if they disagree.
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