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LI seniors passionate for horse riding

"I'll probably die on a horse. It's either stupidity or passion, I haven't decided which yet," said Barbara Margulies, 75, and unready to turn in her riding helmet just yet. (April 27, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams

Some LI senior citizens won't let their age and vulnerability stand in the way of their love for horseback riding.

Barbara Margulies, 75, at Willow Springs Farm in
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Barbara Margulies, 75, at Willow Springs Farm in Patchogue, finds horseback riding to be a great pastime, even with its physical risks. (April 27, 2013)

Barbara Margulies, 75, continues to ride her horse,
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Barbara Margulies, 75, continues to ride her horse, even after a serious fall in 2008 in which she broke both of her legs. (April 27, 2013)

Barbara Margulies, 75, with her riding instructor, Raul
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Barbara Margulies, 75, with her riding instructor, Raul de Leon, at Willow Springs Farm in Patchogue, finds horseback riding to be a great pastime even with its physical risk. (April 27, 2013)

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"I'll probably die on a horse. It's either stupidity or passion, I haven't decided which yet," said Barbara Margulies, 75, and unready to turn in her riding helmet just yet. (April 27, 2013)

Ann Knapp, who is in her 70s, gives
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Ann Knapp, who is in her 70s, gives her horse, Birch, apple treats while preparing him for his stay at the barn after a light workout at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor. (April 26, 2013)

Ann Knapp, who is in her 70s, enjoys
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Ann Knapp, who is in her 70s, enjoys the company of her horse, Birch, at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor. (April 26, 2013)

At the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett
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At the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park, Ann Knapp, who is in her 70s, exercises her horse, Birch, by jumping obstacles, where discipline is essential. (April 26, 2013)

Ann Knapp prepares to mount her horse, Birch,
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Ann Knapp prepares to mount her horse, Birch, at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor. (April 26, 2013)

Although Ann Knapp, on Birch, has suffered riding
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Although Ann Knapp, on Birch, has suffered riding injuries — and her husband once cracked his pelvis in a fall from a horse — she says she has no fear on a horse. (April 26, 2013)

Dr. Peter Teng, 86, a retired pathologist, and
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Dr. Peter Teng, 86, a retired pathologist, and his wife, Claudie, 71, share their horse at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park. (April 26, 2013)

Dr. Peter Teng, 86, and his wife, Claudie,
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Dr. Peter Teng, 86, and his wife, Claudie, 71, share their horse at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor. (April 26, 2013)

Claudie Teng, 71, enjoys riding her horse at
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Claudie Teng, 71, enjoys riding her horse at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Harbor. (April 26, 2013)

Dr. Peter Teng, 86, a retired pathologist, enjoys
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Dr. Peter Teng, 86, a retired pathologist, enjoys riding his horse at the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center in Caumsett State Park. (April 26, 2013).

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