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William Henry Dorsey: The 85-Year-Old Horse Whisperer

Ursula V. Battle | 5/11/2018, 6 a.m.
Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older American's ...
William Henry Dorsey, 85, has worked with horses for more than 50 years and is still going strong. He works for Willow Wood show barn in Howard County, Md.

“I work with show horses,” he said. “They are beautiful. My day starts at 5:30 am and stops when I want to end it. I am content.”

Dorsey has 15 children, 22 great-grandchildren and 47 grandchildren. He is expecting to add to his ‘herd’ in September with the arrival of another grandchild.

He shared his secret for longevity. “I attribute it to clean living,” he said. “It’s about working, enjoying what you are doing, and seeing past the negative stuff. Every day, I eat a regiment two cloves of garlic, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of honey.”

He added, “My legacy is to retire at 90 and do my Bucket List. I would like to lay back and relax. I will be happy to retire.”

Dorsey resides in Howard County with his wife Debbie Dorsey. “It amazes people that William still works,” said Mrs. Dorsey. “He still does a lot of manual work. I would put him up against any young person. He loves it. Anyone who lives in Howard County, who has a horse, knows him and his quality of work. He never says ‘no.’ It keeps him alive and happy. He is as strong as a horse.”