Riders Over 60

Any horse person who has made it to the ripe age of 60 or more and is still active in the sport. Tell us your stories

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Started by Patricia Grant. Last reply by Eileen Apr 26, 2014.

How has riding and riding styles changed since you started riding. 8 Replies

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Comment by Jackie Cochran on March 5, 2014 at 11:59am

Hi Cindy, I am glad that your life will finally be able to move forward. 

I've had hip pain from bursitis for decades, and the Back on Track boxer shorts plus the small mattress pad have taken care of it, I wake up without my hips hurting.  This stuff really helps circulation and healing, you might want to try it since you still have several months to go before your surgery and to encourage healing after your surgery.

Comment by Cindy Jeffery on March 4, 2014 at 5:42pm

Would rather have Stem Cell Therapy but it isn't available in Canada yet. They are still testing it in Ottawa.

Comment by Cindy Jeffery on March 4, 2014 at 5:41pm

Hey everyone finally got a chance to catch up to you all.  My hip replacement surgery will take place sometime in June, that will be 12 months of waiting for a spot and 4 years of living with the pain.  Gradually losing the ability to ride, last year I was able to ride for an hour then the pain would be excrutiating.  I love to trail ride for hours but now I can't go far from home.  I have not been on horseback this year yet, but remain active in other ways in hopes I will recover from surgery quickly and be able to ride by the end of this year before the snow comes.  It will take a lot of work but I am determined to be back trail riding comfortably by 2015 :-)

Comment by Jacqueline D'Angelo on February 27, 2014 at 4:18am

I have been riding (well if you can call it that) for years. could stay on a horse, but really was only a passenger... All I ever wanted was a horse..then I got one, I adored him, he me, we did a lot together and I began to ride. I went to the UK for a time and had to leave my beloved horse, I was gone longer than expected, but he was still there on my return.. Alas he is no longer with us, but I will never forget him, I am 63 and love to ride though its other peoples horses at the moment

Comment by Jackie Cochran on February 16, 2014 at 2:03pm

You have my sympathy Joe, you have it a lot worse than me!

Our snow and ice have been melting during the daytime then refreezing to a sheet of ice on the driveway and roads.  But it isn't supposed to freeze for three days after Monday morning.  Maybe I will get to ride this week!  HOPE!!!

Comment by Jackie Cochran on February 15, 2014 at 3:50pm

Hi again everyone!  Have all of you in the Eastern US survived the big snow?  I'm still shut in my house though my husband got out today.  Around 6 inches of snow here in Stanly County, NC.  At least it is melting today, drip, drip, drip.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on August 20, 2013 at 8:32am

Hi everyone!

I've been doing some successful experiments in improving my security in the saddle.

It seems that the old-fashioned saddle soap in the tin is the key.  The leather ends up slightly sticky (unlike with glycerin saddle soap) giving frictional grip to the rider.  My legs are staying in place, my hands are improving, and the horses I ride seem to appreciate my increased stability.  They are showing this by allowing me to ride them in a bit even through the heat of the summer!

I think that the switch to the glycerin saddle soap combined with the much more slippery fabric of our modern knit breeches have contributed to the great worsening in high level horsemanship that we have seen in our lifetimes.  The lack of frictional grip in the saddle affects the hands, legs and seat of the rider, ending up with death grips on the reins, wildly swinging lower legs, and a great reluctance to let the horse move freely.

What do you all think?

Comment by Jackie Cochran on July 9, 2013 at 10:51am

It sounds like they are too small for me too, alas.

Comment by Judy Owens on July 8, 2013 at 9:10pm

The size label says 26 L.  I always got long.  I don't know how the sizing runs compared with the "new" sizing.   As I got older, things have settled and I now wear a 28 L if breeches come in sizes.  Mostly they are S, M and L.  I always get M so they are long enough.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on July 8, 2013 at 8:02am

Hi Judy, what size are your old breeches? 


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