Rid­ing into the sun­set

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

This month I read an­other let­ter by a reader who is hang­ing up her spurs be­cause her horse is get­ting older and so is she (“The End of the Ride,” Let­ters, EQUUS 495). This makes me so sad. I will be 75 years old on my next birth­day and my horse is a 14-year-old Ara­bian cross.

I live in Mis­souri but travel out West most of the sum­mer and fall by my­self with my horse and my dog. I mostly dry camp on Bureau of Land Man­age­ment or U.S. For­est Ser­vice land. I haul our wa­ter in two 35-gal­lon tanks on the back of my truck, have a camp stove and a small ny­lon tent shower. What more do you need?

I travel alone but meet a lot of won­der­ful peo­ple on the way. It is heart­warm­ing how many older adults are out there with me rid­ing and en­joy­ing the amaz­ing beauty this coun­try has to of­fer. There are plenty of us who are 70-plus years old and our horses are of var­i­ous ages, even up in the 30s. I wish you would write a se­ries of ar­ti­cles on older adults and how they ad­just to con­tinue their horsey life­style. It sure would be a lot more pos­i­tive read! As I tell my fam­ily: “If I die on my horse, you know I died happy.” Sandy R. Smith Cur­ryville, Mis­souri

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