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Riders of a Certain Age (with Fran Severn)

Midlife is a fantastic time to take on new hobbies or to return to those that really interested us when we were younger. In midlife, we typically have a bit more time, money, opportunities, and resources than we did in our 20s or 30s, and a bit more wisdom as well.

Riding horses is one of those passions that often gets set aside for other things early in life. But what if you could pursue it now that you’re in midlife? Where would you even begin?

Fran Severn has created a website ( and book, both called “Riders of a Certain Age: Your Guide for Loving Horses Midlife and Beyond” which is focused on helping navigate starting out with horses in midlife.

Although Fran’s expertise is the horse world, much of what we discuss also applies to taking on any new hobby later in life, including:

  • Overcoming the fear of being a beginner and becoming comfortable and confident
  • The benefits of community
  • Myths of riding when you’re older
  • Ways to minimize costs while deciding if you really want to pursue it or not
  • Different levels of expense and involvement

Ready to play bigger in midlife? Let’s get started!


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