I had wanted to take horseback riding lessons for a long while, however well meaning friends cautioned, 'You're in your 60s, for heaven sake. You could break your bones,' .......as if broken bones would be less convenient or less painful at a younger age.
Life is about learning our own limits as much as expanding them. It has been said that if you fail to prepare you are preparing for failure. I had epitomized that by buying a horse I did not have the experience or knowledge to safely ride.
Too often, I never make it further north than Santa Barbara for the weekend, when just a little farther up the road there's a wild and natural playground waiting to be explored. And The Alisal Ranch is the perfect place to begin.
Following my 40th birthday I was seized by a strong urge to do something new and different -- learn something I knew nothing about, even a subject that had never before occurred to me. I decided on riding lessons.
"You can get a good horse -- not a 2008 model, but reliable -- for $2,000 to $3,000." I was even more enthusiastic when he told me that it costs only $150 a month to feed. "I spend about $80 a week on gas," I said.