They say age is just a number. Some people might find that upward march of numbers depressing, but when you consider the alternative, I’ll take it. It’s a privilege to grow old, and even more so to care for an animal through his golden years. I’ve always had an affinity for the senior critters. I adopted a 10-year-old og with no hesitation, and my top three all-time favorite horses—Teddy, Trevor and Beau—have all
come to me in their later years.
With age comes wisdom, and that’s one of the top benefits of the senior
horse. Sure, they might require some maintenance and TLC, but that’s to be
expected. We owe it to these faithful friends who have carried us through
the years, down the rail and across many trails. To keep your senior horse
feeling spry, check out our essential senior care tips on pg 32.
Since Beau is 20 this year, I asked my friend Rachel Sowinski, who is a
talented photographer, to capture some memories for us. I absolutely loved
the results. Equine photographer Lauren Blaha also has a knack for captur-
ing the beauty of an old soul. Turn to pg. 66 for a gallery of her amazing
portraits of senior horses, and read some of the stories behind them. You’ll
want to go hug your horse immediately, whether you’re just starting your
journey together or have a relationship of many years.
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A GREAT EQUESTRIAN READ
Reading is my favorite pastime, next to
riding. And reading about horses is even
better. I’m loving this retro hardback
of Walter Farley’s classic, The Black
com/books, $15.99. Feed your Black
Stallion obsession at the official fan site,
To start an equestrian
book club or
SEE PAGE 52.