All the Derby talk got you interested in horses? We interviewed Mary Midkiff a few years back about her routine as an active horse trainer at the time. We loved the mental picture we got reading about her time at the barn as part of her daily routine.
Your assistant has already cleaned the stalls, so you focus on grooming and checking the horses, finessing the details of their care and training regimen, and making sure they’re ready to go when the exercise rider arrives. Having grown up around horses and built a solid career in the equine industry, you find the sounds and smells of the barn familiar and comforting. You’re here six days a week, seven if a horse needs extra attention.
With all the walking and lifting you do, you see the barn as your gym. The work is physically demanding and a great way to stay fit. You’ve always been an athlete, but now that you’re 60, staying healthy is more important than ever. First and foremost, however, you’re a horse whisperer. You respect and communicate with the animals and forge genuine bonds with them.
Want to learn more about horses and Mary? Women & Horses.
By Yelena Sapin