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    09-18-2012, 08:05 PM
Depends on how sick I am.

If it's just a cold with cold-like symptoms I'll most likely still go riding. But if it is a more serious where I'm too weak to move and just feel like dirt, then I'll stay home and in bed.
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    09-18-2012, 08:26 PM
I guess it depends on what type of virus I have...if it's a cold I'll still ride (have one right now.) But if I have something that makes me stay home from life, then no I don't ride.
    09-18-2012, 08:27 PM
If it's just a cold, I wouldn't think of not riding. If I'm running a fever I'll ride if something needs to be done.
    09-18-2012, 08:34 PM
If I have a slight cold, I'll ride. Body aches, head throbbing, I might ride, but it depends. But if I'm sick enough that it warrants staying in bed all day long and not making it to work (ie. Fever, vomiting, or otherwise dying) then I won't ride.
    09-18-2012, 10:48 PM
When it was a job, I rode with broken bones, a sprained neck, through asthma attacks and a hernia (not all at once!). I've ridden while suffering from the flu, migraines, and through the sniffles.

The only time I had to stop riding was when my sinus infection got so bad, my equalibrium was thrown off and I was suffering vertigo. I literally couldn't say on my horse.

That's when horses were a job though. I had an obligation to work through the misery. Now that they aren't a job, I just ride whenever I feel like it. My most recent illness was a cyst that had leaked and caused a severe infection on my ovary. I could barely stand up. I spent two days at the hospital then came home and went to work. I made it through work with some discomfort and then went out to the barn.

We only live once, right?
    09-19-2012, 01:53 PM
I would only not ride if I'm ill enough to be off school (which is 1-2 days a year, if that). I only have one lesson a week and if I don't go to it then I would have to go another week without riding. I don't tend to get ill though, other than an occasional cold.
    09-19-2012, 02:04 PM
Nope. I only ride for pleasure now, so if I'm sick it's sure not pleasurable!

Copper, I'm not sure about the 'you only live once' thing, but I sure as heck don't want to do something strenuous when I'm feeling miserable.
    09-19-2012, 02:51 PM
Has many have already depends on what's wrong.
A head cold will never keep me from riding. My sinus clears enough for me to breath again just from the activity of getting the horse ready.

I'll forgo riding for:
Stomach or intestinal problem
Severe headache

But for a cold I feel worse sitting at home than I do being out doing things. I don't go to work because:
A) I'll feel as bad sitting in my office as I do at home and
B) no one at work wants me to pass it on to them.
I'm not going to pay my Dr to tell me to drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest for the next week or two. I'll rest when I'm tired, ride when I'm not and take an antihistamine to give me a clear sinus and knock me out for the night.

That's just me though. Everyone has to do what feels good for them. I love keeping my sinus cleared with the activity, so it works best for me. I'll even walk the dog in the evening to keep the sinus congestion down.
    09-20-2012, 05:30 AM
Yes. I even rode when I broke my wrist and had a huge cast on my wrist for six weeks.
    09-20-2012, 06:04 AM
For those who are saying "too sick to work, too sick to ride", do you often go into work when you are sick with a contagious illness that otherwise leaves you unimpaired? Do you send your kids to school likewise? Because that's not something to flaunt...
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