Horses are aesthetic creatures. In addition to being appreciated for their beauty, they are pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality—emotions in relation to the sense of beauty. Horses are art in motion – a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artistic movement like dance.
Anytime you are involved with something ‘greater’ than you it yields discipline, strength, and courage. Horses put things into perspective. Horses don’t cut any slack. It is more important to communicate with a horse because of their size. If you don’t have effective communication and learn in the moment, the horse will tell you otherwise. In the sense that they bring you into the present. They remind us what is important—especially when you have them at your own home. When you feed and care for them yourself, it is different. If you do not do it right, he won’t do it right. You will know immediately if it is not working. Horses are a self-correcting mechanism … they always bring you back to where you belong.
The bond we feel with our equine soul mates are part and parcel and living lessons within the span of this lifetime that enable us to proceed to reach a spiritually higher place. This is one's journey of how this bond has evolved and is a continuous, yet rewarding challenge after the age of 40 ...
The Riding After 40 project allowed me to seek comprehensive depictions and descriptions of life experiences from a phenomenological perspective. In this way, I intended to illuminate and answer the following question, “What is the female horse enthusiast’s experience of the human-horse relationship in everyday life after the age of 40 for lifestyle horsewomen?” The following is an inspiring compilation of interviews and conversations with lifelong, lifestyle horsewomen. From the deserts of southwestern America to the sheikhdoms of the Arabian Peninsula, horsewomen from around the world have one thing in common—an unconditional love and extreme passion for the uncomparable horse.
Join me on this journey of shared lived experiences from horsewomen around the world!