Alice MacGillivray, PhD, is author of “Riding Horseback in Purple” written for “women of age” who maybe considering horse ownership – first timers and re-riders alike. Alice guides readers through scenarios that help dissect the reality of horse ownership from our childhood fantasies. An expert in adult learning, Alice explores ways we connect with horses as leaders, care givers and riding partners. A great read for casual and professional WARHorses who want to make their horse purchase the start of a long, fulfilled partnership.
Alice shares an excerpt from “Riding Horseback in Purple” for WARHorses struggling with the “big decision” to purchase a horse. For those hesitant to jump right into ownership, Alice suggests baby steps first.
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Are you a woman bitten by the horse bug? As a child, I loved horses. I was lucky enough to ride a few times, but most of my horse experience was on the other side of the fence, staring longingly at an imagined life with horses.
But life got in the way. My family scraped by financially. It took me a long time to build a career and raise a family. By the time I started to think seriously about reconnecting with horses, I was well into my 50s. I had no friends with horses and even less horse knowledge than I thought I had! I needed to start learning from scratch.