Many women in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond have horses. Although most had horse experience as children or young adults, it is not unusual for women approaching retirement age to get their first horse, or first horse in decades. Others don’t take the plunge into full ownership, but lease a horse part time, take lessons, volunteer at a rescue centre, or attend workshops to learn more about themselves by interacting with horses. Women over 50 do a huge range of wonderful and often amazing activities with horses, and stay fit in the process. When Alice interviewed mature horse owners, they said one of the most important reasons for spending time with horses is to stay in touch with nature.
Horses are very different than dogs or cats. Setting aside the obvious differences of size and care requirements, they are prey animals. This makes a huge difference to communication and trust-building. Time with horses can teach people many lessons about themselves: their health and well-being, their potential and their leadership.