read the letter
you shared on your website and I felt like I could
have written it myself with a few small changes, namely that
I was 45 years old when I took my first horseback riding lesson
3 years ago after signing up with my then 14 year old son
so we'd have an activity to do together. Soon thereafter,
I purchased your book
and refer to it often!
have never been the athletic type but being on the back of
my horse makes me feel athletic. I never enjoyed being hot,
sweaty or dirty but now I'd do anything for the sake of my
horse! The one thing that is nagging at me is that I really
don't exercise "formally". The more I ride the more
I realize how much better it is for both the rider and the
horse, if the rider is in shape.
now, I've been learning to ride "Western" but a
few weeks ago I moved my horse to a new barn where there are
a lot of hunt seat and dressage riders of all ages, shapes,
and sizes. I'm now thinking I might like to try riding in
the English discipline but feel I need to be in much better
shape, especially in my legs, for that to happen. SOOO, I've
once again pulled out your book and am even contemplating
purchasing your videos and exercise ball and bands!
when I visited your Website and saw that letter
that could have been mine, I just had to write and tell you
how much your book has meant to me! Sincerely, a fan from
email, several weeks later:
New Year to you, Mary! Sure you can use my letter on your
web site! That's great! I can't wait to read your new
book as I really find horses to be a "spiritual"
way, since I wrote that letter, I've just had my 3rd lesson
in a dressage saddle on my 4 1/2 year old Andalusian horse
(after a month or so of learning to post in my Western saddle)
and I walked, trotted, and cantered successfully! It was such
fun and I really felt balanced and coordinated (this is a
first for me....feeling balanced and coordinated!). Again,
after reading your book, I learned more about myself and riding
and took the leap of faith and did it! I'm realizing that
"horse people" are ageless and it doesn't matter
how young or old you are when your learning....we're all just
and I'll write in the future.