Riding Through Thick and Thin

Make Peace with Your Body and Banish Self-Doubt—In and Out of the Saddle

Melinda Folse

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Many if not most women have been locked in a battle with their bodies for as long as they can remember. And when it comes to riding horses, they drag their arsenal of self-doubt with them every time they step into the saddle. Some quit riding completely. Others ride, but are frustrated by their lack of progress as riders or what they see as poor performance. They succumb to silent self-torment as they wonder how they look, what others think, and whether they have any business on the back of a horse if their jeans feel a little too tight.

Regardless of seat size, riding discipline, or the degree—or even truth—of the body issues with which they struggle, the scars on female self-image in our society run deep and wide. So with the humor and big-sisterly swagger that readers and reviewers have come to love, Melinda Folse, author of bestseller The Smart Woman's Guide to Midlife Horses, has decided to step in with a delightful, insightful, fulfilling new book. Riding Through Thick and Thin delves to the bottom of the issues that have long held women hostage, bringing together experts, research, resources, and stories to encourage, inspire, and empower. Readers will find some answers that may surprise them: Believe it or not, this is not about losing weight or getting fit (although if that's a point of interest, there's a section packed with helpful tools and ideas). This book is more about what's going on in every woman's mind—and it taps new findings in neuroscience to reveal that permanent change to deeply ingrained body image issues is not only possible, but it may be much easier than we think.

Additional Information

Author: Melinda Folse

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 432


ISBN: 9781570766572

By Melinda Folse

Melinda Folse (formerly Melinda Folse Kaitcer) is co-author of the bestseller Lessons Well Learned with Clinton Anderson and author of Grandmaster: A Story of Struggle, Triumph and Taekwondo (about the life of Ninth Degree Taekwondo Grandmaster Won Chik Park), and a former senior writer at Time Warner’s Millionaire Blueprints Magazine.

Finding herself to be just one among millions of Baby Boomer women who once dreamed of horses and are now recapturing that dream, Melinda let her own struggles do the talking in The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses—a tongue-in-cheek account that is a little bit memoir, a little more self-help, a whole lot of practical guidebook, and all heart. This is the book Melinda wishes she had been able to find when she made the bold decision to get back in the saddle at age forty-five.

The author’s own midlife horse tale began with the purchase of Trace, a handsome bay gelding that was a pure dream-come-true to ride—until, that is, he decided to become, in the tradition of oysters-and-pearls, the agitating impetus for this book. To solve some problems while creating still others, she then added Rio, a little sorrel Colonel Freckles-bred gelding who seems to think he’s a dog. (For the uninitiated, Colonel Freckles is a AQHA Hall of Fame cutting horse known as much for his sweet-natured, trainable offspring as he is for his NCHA-winning speed and agility.) Although Rio couldn’t—and wouldn’t—cut a cow if his life depended on it, he does likes to show off his genetics from time to time with spectacular (and usually unexpected) 180-degree turns (sometimes at high speeds) whenever he sees something “flappy” (banner, tarp, particularly tall blade of grass). He redeems himself, however, by licking his owner affectionately and making donkey faces when she scratches his itchy spot. He would also follow her into the house if she’d let him. And one of these days, she might.

California Riding Magazine Says:

“A book to savor, not skim.”

Trail Rider Magazine Says:

“Read this book if you’re ready to mend the way you think about your body and feel about your riding.”