1. They’ve got your back.
Calm and collected, senior horses have seen it all.
Weird tractor in the field? No problem. Noisy truck
in the parking lot? Ho hum. Big dogs, little dogs,
men with beards, lonely wheelbarrow in the aisle,
balloons, tarps, flags, screaming children, opossum in
the trash bin? Check, check, and check.
If it’s your first horse show, first jump, first half-pass, first lope, first posting trot, or first time using a
curry comb, it’s probably their hundredth or thousandth. They got this, meaning, they got you.
2. They are always young at heart.
Sure, most senior horses are relatively stoic as a rule.
But they can still show a goofy side, proving that
horses are always young at heart. What senior horse
doesn’t go gaga for some peanut butter on an apple
slice or make a hilarious face when you scratch that
oh-so-sweet spot right between the shoulders?
And if you’re patient, wait for a crisp morning
when everything is just so in the pasture and you
just might catch a golden oldie kicking up his heels
briefly because dew on the hooves in the early
morning light sometimes just feels so darn good.
3. They are most forgiving.
Recall your first few times riding. Heck, maybe
even your first few dozen times. Remember the
odd extra kick or extraneous tug on the reins that
made no sense at all? Out of all the conflicting
messages new riders send to their mounts, it’s all
in a day’s work for the seasoned senior mount.
Mistakes are how we learn, but this is a difficult
concept to work around when we are learning in
conjunction with another living being. Having a
horse that is willing and able to ignore those minor
and innocent “oops” moments is priceless to a
You just might catch a
golden oldie kicking up his
heels briefly because dew
on the hooves in the early
morning light sometimes just
feels so darn good.