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 take their 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. Many worry 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, female self-image issues in our society run deep and wide. So with humour, Melinda Folse, author of 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 brings together experts, research, resources, and stories to encourage, inspire, and empower. Readers will find some answers that may surprise them: This is not about losing weight or getting fit (although, there is a section packed with helpful tools and ideas). This book is more about what is 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.