Horseback riding is a great way to find peace with yourself, and this 68-year-old cowboy uses riding as his personal way to find solitude.
One of the great things about horseback riding is that it gives you time to step away from the chaos of everyday life. When you head out on the trails with your horse, it's quiet. There are no distractions, and you have some time to think and recenter yourself. These rides can be some of the best - they give us solitude, a chance to recover, and a moment of rest.
For 68-year-old Ed Zevely, riding is the key to finding solitude. Zevely rides out to camp with his horses for weeks at a time, journeying into the Colorado high country. Horses have always been a part of Zevely's life, and you can see just how at home he feels on the back of a horse.
Take a look at this breathtaking video. Would you go camping alone with just your horses for a few weeks?
Horses force us to slow down from the fast-paced life that we're used to. If you try to rush things with a horse, you'll only be taking steps backwards. Working with horses requires patience and plenty of self-control. These attributes are in short supply thanks to modern society, but working with horses quickly reminds us of their importance.
While you don't have to go camping with your horse for weeks on end in order to find solitude, this video is a good reminder to make time to enjoy the simple pleasure of riding. It's easy to get caught up in your training or in preparing for an upcoming competition. But don't lose sight of why we all started riding in the first place. Make some time to take your horse for a stroll out on the trails every week, or to just wander around the property when things are quiet.
You'd be surprised at how refreshing a simple ride can be for both you and your horse.