18 Tips for Adult Beginner Horse Riders

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Daisy of Seven J's Farm with instructor Christine Lentz
My instructor Christine helps me get Daisy ready for our lesson. Photo by Rod Lane

Monty Roberts answers reader questions in his weekly “Ask Monty” column. Early in summer 2015, a reader asked the question “Are We Too Old To Ride?”

To sum up, Monty at 80 is still riding and offers suggestions, especially, to emphasize safety. He recommends a lot of the steps I will, such as picking a good instructor who can help a new rider avoid trouble.

That said, as a late-in-life rider taking beginner lessons, I can offer additional pointers and give you ideas how to prepare.

Four In Hand: Author Connie Johnson Hambley

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Connie and Imp
Connie and her late beloved friend Imp.

Our Four In Hand “driver” today is thriller author Connie Johnson Hambley. The author of THE CHARITY and the recently released sequel THE TROUBLES, Connie has a lot to tell us about her past and present life with horses. Her experience adds depth and drama to the equestrian scenes in her yarns. So, grab a cup of tea or joe, and get comfy.

Take it away, Connie.

Ways to stay cool in the heat? Part 2

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In cooling summer riding apparel
Cowgirl of Seven J’s Farm and I after our lesson on an evening in late June 2015. I have to rely on the following: Mens wicking/cooling golf shirt from Ocean State Job Lot. Cooling scarf from REI. Cooling cuff and cap under the hard hat from now-defunct CoolMedics. Lighterweight breeches by StickySeats. Photo by Christine Lentz

Heat teamed with humidity is my Krytonite. I hid under AC for years. Here’s how I learned to enjoy/tolerate/endure summer without living in a bubble. And yes, it involves horses.

Four In Hand: Author Brittney Joy

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Brittney Joy and Austie
Brittney’s first horse Austie, a bay Quarter Horse/Standardbred cross. Photo courtesy Brittney Joy
Showdown cover by Brittney Joy
Showdown, Book 2 in the Red Rock Ranch series

This time, “Four In Hand” goes West, thanks to “driver” author Brittney Joy, author of the Red Rock Ranch series of novels.

“Cowboy Boots or Muck Boots,” Brittney says in her bio, “always have been my shoe of choice.”
Us, too. We’re mighty glad to meet you, Brittney.
In case you’re new here, Four In Hand is a Q&A series inspired by the coach for which one driver has the reins to four horses. For our 4IH, I give the “driver” about twenty questions, and she or he can pick the four they’ll have the most fun answering.
Without further ado, take it away, Brittney!

Four In Hand: author Toni Leland

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Risky Business by Toni Leland cover

Our new Four In Hand “driver” is author Toni Leland. Four In Hand is a Q&A series inspired by the coach for which one driver has the reins to four horses. Our driver today recently released RISKY BUSINESS, the fourth novel in her Kovak & Quaid romantic mystery series.

Toni lives about an hour away from me. I see her at various Connecticut writer events, as well as signing her books at the Morgan horse booth at the  Massachusetts Equine Affaire. We only have time to wave at each other in passing because her table is thronged with readers.

Four In Hand, second round: Author Jennifer Fusco

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Author and marketer Jennifer Fusco has returned to drive our Four In Hand. Hard to believe it’s been three years since her first stint as driver.

Jennifer FuscoSince then, her self-published marketing-for-authors guides did so well they were re-vamped, expanded, and published by Belle Bridge Books. Her contemporary romance FIGHTING FOR IT, set in the world of boxing, is slated for a September 2015 release by Penguin. Her company Market or Die Author Services (MODAS) is doing gangbusters for various romance authors.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s let Jennifer take the reins. But, first, she wants to revisit a couple of questions: