Horses have been Paula Tate’s passion for as long as she can remember. For the past four decades, she’s operated the Paula Tate Training Center, where she’s trained hundreds of horses and taught people to ride for competition and pleasure. Over the years she’s become known for her expertise in breeding, raising and training Arabian horses, many of which have gone on to win national championships in the U.S. and Canada.
More recently Paula launched the nonprofit Partners in the Wind, a charitable program that pairs abused and neglected horses with children, including those at risk with emotional and social problems. In the near future, she plans to expand her program to include women who have been victims of domestic violence.
Paula says she can’t imagine a job that she could love more, but she’s well aware of the abuse her body’s taken. “I’ve never broken a bone, but I’ve certainly hit the rail with my legs or had horses fall on me,” says Paula. “It’s just the nature of the career.”
She says she’s still fit and strong, but just doesn’t have the strength she used to, especially now that she’s 67. Ten years ago, an injury to her arms and shoulders made her job especially tough. “It felt like my arms were jammed,” says Paula. “I couldn’t raise them higher than my shoulders.” Putting a saddle or a bridle on a horse was a challenge.
In September, when she received a letter in the mail about the Nopal Cactus Juice, she was intrigued and called the office to order some. By her first follow-up call a week later, she was telling the health coaches how thrilled she was. “It was amazing,” says Paula. “There was a marked improvement in my arms and shoulders. I had so much more flexibility and relief from pain. I could even lift my arms to put on deodorant, something I had not been able to do in a long time.”
Her energy level is up, too. “I was coming home after working nine horses, taking a brief rest and then getting a second wind,” says Paula. “I feel like I can get up and go again. It’s great.”