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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Comment by Judy Owens on July 7, 2013 at 9:59pm

I have a couple pair of the old  style breeches that are all cotton and have the puffy thigh area.  One pair is brand new and I don't wear those anymore.  I'm wondering if they'd sell on ebay.

Comment by Judy Owens on July 7, 2013 at 9:58pm

I recently started riding my 14.2 morgan beacuae my 15.2 guy was recovering from a suspensory injury from playing in the pasture.  Learning to ride this guy is like learning to ride all over again.  the difference between the 2 guys is like night and day.  Fizz, the pony has so much "go" that at first I had a hard time controlling it.  He is coming along pretty well now.

I'm thinking of trying a couple of intro (walk/trot) tests at a local dressage show the end of the month.  Goal is staying within the white box.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on July 2, 2013 at 5:17pm

Hey all you people over 60.  Do you remember the old fashioned saddle soap in the tin and the old cavalry twill funny looking breeches or the non-stretch denim jeans?

Recently, woken up by some SLIPPERY (but super cool) riding tights I thought back over the decades and came to the conclusion that modern horsemanship went to heck and beyond when both the knit-stretch breeches AND the glycerin saddle soap became popular in the 1970's. 

One of the ladies I ride for is making me cotton cavalry twill full seat (buckskin) old fashioned riding breeches, the funny looking ones.  But until they are finished I've been riding with doeskin patched breeches (FITS) and I've gone back to the old fashioned saddle soap (Fiebings).  I liberally apply the saddle soap on the saddle and on the doeskin full seat.  I feel like I am in my early twenties again in the saddle.  Where recently I had been jouncing all over the saddle and irritating the horses to no end, now I stay in place and the horses are responding positively.  My hands are light and sensitive, my lower leg stays in place, my knees are up in the kneeroll, and I feel SECURE!

At least during all those years jouncing around in the saddle my horsemanship improved (only way I could stay on).  Now I am in heaven, I am moving WITH the horse and this time I know what I am doing.  I am much less tired, I can do around 3X the posting trot and two point, in spite of the hot, muggy weather.

Non-stretch cotton, wool, and/or leather for the riding pants, and old-fashioned saddle soap for the saddle.  I am giving away ALL of my modern tack cleaning and conditioning supplies.  NO MORE SLIPPERY SADDLES FOR ME! 


Comment by Jackie Cochran on June 10, 2013 at 5:45pm

Yeah Joe, you have horses near you again!

Comment by Gail Morse on June 10, 2013 at 4:48pm

Hi to all!  My intentions have been honourable but I have had very little saddle time this spring.  When I did get going Pekoe had something in mind that I did agree with.  If I don't ride for a few months , he challenges me for the leader of the 2 of us.  It is [art of the mutual respect and trust wau of thinking.  This is how it went: I am having him circle around me on a 12 ft rope. He stops and faces me trying to not go forward and a few other odds and sods he threw my way.  My answer to him was: I may be 68, on uneven ground, and walk with a cane but you son of a bitch, don't you try that on me!  I had a longe whip or carrot stick with me. I gave him a lsh on his bum.  His eyes bugged out and he ran and he ran and he ran.  I have not had an incident like that since!  I guess I am scary!

Comment by Gail Morse on April 28, 2013 at 7:43am

Hey!  Good to see the familiar names and  pics!  More later!

Comment by Jackie Cochran on April 27, 2013 at 8:05pm

Are you going to ride them or drive them?  Of course they would also make super pack ponies, I bet they could carry a heavy load of supplies for camping.

With those thick necks it may do you good to look into clicker training.  They look level headed and sane.


Comment by Jackie Cochran on April 27, 2013 at 7:17pm

Yeah Joe, you will have your own horses again!

I'm not very familiar with Newfoundland ponies.  I'd love to see some pictures, even if they look like hairy monsters still.  Are they or will the filly be big enough for you to ride?

Comment by Judy Owens on March 9, 2013 at 9:29pm

Cindy, if you are having a hip replacement you will be able to ride pain free.  I've had both of mine done, the latest one in january.  I'm riding now and it is wonderful.

Comment by Cindy Jeffery on January 22, 2013 at 12:22am

Things may sound bad to others, but I have been able to stay positive.  I look forward to after the hip surgery with hope.  I also have other folks in my life that keep me from disolving into a puddle with their needs and cares.  Plus those same ones turn around and give what and when they can.  Even though I am not riding yet I continue to plan and get ready for that wonderful day. :-)


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