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About the Book"A delightfully honest look at the realities of starting out with horses...when you're getting older. Surveys show that riders over the age of 40 are the fastest-growing segment of the horse world, with those age 65 and above seeing the biggest jump. Yes, when we conjure up images of "horse girls" the picture is generally comprised of happily grubby youngsters or teenagers with roomfuls of ribbons, but there is healthy segment of the equestrian population that first finds-or first finds time for-horses in midlife or beyond. And this is the only handbook available for these riders, trainers, rescuers, and volunteers. With carefully curated guidance collected over years of horsing around, rider and writer Fran Severn knows of which she speaks and wants readers to feel emboldened and empowered by the tips, lessons, and advice shared in these pages"--
A delightfully honest look at the realities of starting out with horses...when you're getting older.
Are you a woman at midlife or beyond? Have you just discovered you have a passion for horses? Or maybe you've now found time for them after years devoted to a job and family? Surveys show that riders over the age of 40 are the fastest growing segment of the equestrian world, with those age 65 and above seeing the biggest jump--so you are far from alone!
With carefully curated guidance collected over years of horsing around, rider and writer Fran Severn wants to embolden and empower you with tips, lessons, and advice as you begin enjoying a life with horses in it. In these pages, you'll find options for:
- Riding...and not riding (but still having horses in your life).
- Finding an instructor and being a good student.
- Coming to grips with what your body can and can't do in terms of fitness, weight, and fear.
- Understanding the realities of arthritis, menopause, and changing vision, hearing, and breathing.
- Knowing the rules for buying, leasing, and boarding horses.
- Dealing with family and horse-related finances.
- And much more.
Riders of a Certain Age provides an important reference to any older individual who craves the companionship of a horse and the sisterhood that can go along with it.
writing style is witty and insightful. Whether a newcomer to the horse world or
a returning rider, readers will appreciate the wisdom of Riders of a Certain
Age." --Cowgirl Magazine"Fran Severn's book Riders of a Certain Age resonates
with wisdom, humor, frankness, and common sense. Reading like a practical
manual or a conservation with a wise aunt, Severn lays out the reality of
owning a horse and returning to the saddle after a long hiatus. The book is a
gem for riders of any age." --Horse Illustrated Magazine"Riders of a Certain Age is a great book for those... well, of a certain age, but also for those who teach riders of a certain age or run barns with adult clients. The insights within this book are super helpful for all aspects of the horse world." --Equiery Magazine
is a no fluff, down to earth book that addresses all the unmentionables--weight,
fear, lack of athleticism, finances, and family issues. Riders of a
Certain Age provides a much-needed resource that will empower riders of a
certain age to engage with horses and follow their passion in a productive and
meaningful well." --Catskill Horse Magazine
"Riders of a Certain Age fills
a vacant niche, providing much-needed curated information tailored to the
novice, older horse lover. The author's conversation style and carefully
considered guidance keeps the mood light while imparting essential tidbits of
information. ... For those seeking to indulge their newfound or lifelong horse
passion, this is a useful reference that's easy to read." --Horse Journals
Severn's Riders of a Certain Age is a wonderful resource for women who
are starting their riding lives later in life or returning to riding after a
break, and even for those who are experienced long-time riders. Women over 60
have different abilities and needs, and Severn tactfully explores the
differences that we experience as we age and how this impacts riding. If
nothing else, this book is a reminder that we need to acknowledge the process
of getting older and embrace the gifts of aging--not just bemoan the changes. A
fun and easy read, this book is now on my recommended reading list for all my
students!" --Aviva Nebesky, Co-Host of the Dressage Today Podcast "Riders
of a Certain Age is full of wisdom and sound advice for people coming into
horses as adults. Fran Severn's book has been extensively researched, and her
suggestions are backed up with facts and figures. Yet, she has an easy writing
style and the refreshing ability to address difficult topics with tact and
suggestions for handling horse-related fear are in accordance with my own
experience and methods, especially her constant reminders to be kind to
yourself and others. Despite my commitment to safety, I even found myself being
reminded to recheck several areas addressed in the book, including updating the
emergency contacts list stored in my trailer. Fran's 'Ageless Advice' sections
are helpful and easy to read. The information in Riders of a Certain Age is
timeless, and I highly recommend this book." --Laura Daley, author of Riding
Fear Free: Help for Fearful Riders and Their Teachers and the Riding
Fear Free Journey Tracker "Fran
has written a very timely book, given that the demographics of the equestrian
industry have changed over the past 50 years or so to become very
female-centric. And not only female-centric, but for the most part comprised of
mature female baby boomers whose husbands are out playing golf, and whose
children are off at university or getting married and starting families of
their own. Some of these women are coming back to riding after having enjoyed
it as youngsters; others are just picking up the hobby or even beginning to
compete as adult amateurs. As such, there is much knowledge that has been lost,
that has changed over time, or that was never learned. This book is a
comprehensive revelation, touching on pretty much every current topic you can
think of related to riding: buying a horse, owning a horse, training a horse,
legalities and health issues surrounding the horse, and more. Every question is
addressed; you would be hard-pressed to find this much information elsewhere in
a single reference! And beyond that--it's just fun to read." --Sabine
Schleese, B.Sc., MBA, Schleese Saddlery Service, Inc.
Severn's new book, Riders of a Certain Age: Your Guide for Loving Horses
Midlife and Beyond, and its resonant cover, ride to our emotional rescue at
just the right time, and with just the right tone of pragmatic advice, to keep
us riding forward at a point in life when others might expect us to whoa. From
leasing to leakage, money to manure, this engagingly candid, comprehensive
resource is an owner's manual for reclaiming the right to indulge your
horse-loving inner child." --L.A. Sokolowski, Award-winning
journalist, 2017 AHP Lifetime Achievement Award"Riders
of a Certain Age
is the most comprehensive book for new equestrians that I have read. It answers
typical questions regarding equipment, barn, and horses. But more importantly,
it addresses the nuances associated with getting older--notably, how to be more
comfortable with horses physically, mentally, and emotionally, as well as how
to find long-term success with them." --Heather Wallace, The Timid Rider
About the Author
Fran Severn is a freelance writer and broadcaster who grew up in the city but was determined to get horses in her life. After earning her degree in Mass Communications, she worked in broadcast news in Louisville, Kentucky, where she covered the Kentucky Derby, events at the Kentucky Horse Park, produced equine-focused features, and finally bought her first horse. Moving to England with her Air Force husband, she discovered dressage and continued her training when she returned to the states. Her work has appeared in USDF Connection, Newsday, The Trail Rider, Western Horseman, Dog Fancy, and Games. She's written about the exclusive "tailgate" party at the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot races, shipping horses to the Olympics, riding on Civil War battlefields, and the chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. A past president of the Eastern Shore Writers Association and former PR Director for the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, she lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where she enjoys riding on the beaches and trails and promoting local equine activities and businesses and travel to the region.