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These are also great thoughts about age and seniority:

  • Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. ~ Muhammed Ali
  • I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. ~ Francis Bacon
  • The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn. ~ Henry S. Haskins
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. ~ Henry Ford
  • Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~ Samuel Ullman
  • Many old rider was honest enough to admit that he didn’t become a fine and sensitive rider until he had lost most of his youthful physical strength. Since then he was able to get everything done with his horses in a quiet, confident way, what he previously thought only could be achieved through dogged struggle. ~ Gustav SteinBrecht
  • If you could not add years to your life, add life to your years. ~ Unknown

The Senior Horse

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Seniority 300x300 The Senior HorseIn the art of riding a 16-year-old is not regarded as old:

He belongs to the best educated and strongest horses!

Even a 26-year-old horse does not have to be regarded as old.

Just because a horse is a little long in the tooth, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s ready for retirement icon wink The Senior Horse

Just like people, horses can be senior athletes:

On the picture you see the 19-years-old horse called Maestro, and I have many students with horses between 20 and 30 years old!

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Unless a rider is willing to change on their own, and unless a rider has the drive to do so….. (s)he is not going to change.

In horsemanship and dealing with horses somebody has to WANT to change themselves to be ABLE to change.

So instead of aiming to change riders in 2013, encourage other riders to be a better version of themselves.

Instead of convincing other riders, lead by example, and they will know and feel why progression in their horsemanship is necessary.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi 

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