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Late in the Game

ONE RIDER’S JOURNEY TO GET INTO THE SPORT AT A LATER AGE THAN MOST.

I don’t remember who I was talking to or where I was, but her statement stuck with me. She said, “You should try riding horses.

If you’re not 100 percent in the moment, you’ll risk killing yourself.” Ding ding ding! This is what I needed: a true ultimatum to disconnect.

I was a 32-year-old, careerobsessed woman who could not disconnect from my job. I had been a devoted yogi for 10 years at this point but could no longer savasana without mentally compiling at least four to-do lists in those five minutes.

I tried other outlets as well: running, painting, and all the newest trends, such as mediation, but nothing was cutting off my job. Enter horses.

GETTING STARTED

At the time, my husband and I were spending a lot of time on our Wisconsin farm. A quick Google search pulled up multiple smallto mid-sized barns with riding instructors. Knowing absolutely nothing about the sport or what it entailed, I started my calls with general, somewhat ignorant questions for these instructors, such as:

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