Life With Horses

Being a "horse person" has different meanings for each of us, but we all share a desire to stay attuned to the world of horses.

About Melinda Folse

As one among millions of women who once dreamed of horses and are now recapturing that dream, Melinda let her own struggles do the talking in her book, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses. Melinda’s own midlife horse tale began with the purchase of Trace, a handsome bay gelding that became the impetus for the book. Solving some problems (and creating others), Melinda added Rio, a little sorrel who thinks he’s a dog. In this exclusive blog for, Melinda shares her funny, touching and insightful “Life With Horses” experiences.

Melinda's Life with Horses Blog

All Your Body Needs

How might you begin to reframe how you regard your physical being in kinder, gentler terms? Answering this question can be a new and different game changer in the battle against negative body image.

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See Yourself As Your Horse Sees You

How can we learn to think differently about our bodies, even if they aren’t the size or shape we want them to be? As long as we’re fit, strong and healthy, do our horses even care?

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It’s Not What We Have, But What We Do With It That Counts

All jokes aside, it really isn't as much our size that matters most when we ride; it’s what we do with the body we have that makes all the difference. Once we really understand and accept this, the better we'll ride, the easier we'll be on our horses, and the more fun we'll have on this glorious trail we all share, regardless of our weight or body type.

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Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Body

Spending some time learning to separate fact from fiction and truth from "mounted mythology" can make all the difference in our ride. Take a careful look at your own beliefs about "too much" and "not enough" and "okay" and "not okay" when it comes to size, shape, weight, and riding well.

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It’s In There, Dorothy

It’s just so easy to get caught up in what we think others think, what others actually say — and what society deems acceptable . . . and not-so-acceptable. To make peace with our body image and make changes (or not!) for our greatest good, it’s time to pull the plug on this endless loop once and for all.

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