Book Description: Arguing that riding horses is a great outlet for the stress women feel when facing the challenges of middle age, this unique book provides step-by-step instructions for getting back in the saddle. Though the physical, emotional, and financial demands of midlife horsemanship can create unanticipated insecurities, this guide answers with insights from sports psychologists, advice from world-renowned equine experts, and moving, real-life stories from women who share how rediscovering their love for horses has added to their lives. Tools and resources for easing the transition are accompanied by words of encouragement and empowerment that demonstrate how enriching a midlife relationship with horses can be. When you were a little girl, did you dream of horses, choosing Breyers over Barbiesplastic horses over plastic dolls? For the past several decades, has your life been more about taking care of others than taking care of yourself while your dreams have gathered dust on long forgotten shelves? Are you at that point in life when you’ve begun to wonder whether you’ll ever find the courage to do all the things you wanted to do someday?Offering horses as both metaphor and solution to the natural malaise that often rears its head just about the time we blow out that midlife” birthday candle, this is the book that will help you ask (and answer), What about my dreams?” and Is it my turn yet?” and If not now, when?” and best of all, If now, how?”This unique book is the guide women need to get in the saddlewhether for the first time ever, or just the first time in a long time. You’ll find it leads you down a path of discovery on how to find the mystical and magical connection between humans and horses: finding your dream, making time and space in your life, getting fit, conquering fear, navigating the world horses and horse people, choosing a riding discipline, deciphering advice, leasing and buying horses, boarding and keeping a horse at home, the basics of horse care, competing, and best of all, savoring the pure joy of having horses in your life.