On riding and as we age.....
I have an inner argument with myself sometimes.
It has to do with......am I feeling chicken or....is it with age comes wisdom and caution?
I lean toward the latter. Makes me feel better. :)
I have ridden my entire life. Never have I been afraid until the past few years. It was like once I hit 40, I grew more cautious in some ways.
Some days I surely don't like that feeling.
Yet, maybe it has saved my behind a time or two.
With age comes wisdom, right?
Several years ago I was riding a young green paint gelding for a friend. He needed a tune-up.
Well, that bugger reared and flipped over and landed on me. Trashed my left shoulder. To this day I feel it when I swing my saddle on a horse.
I got back on that horse that night and rode him.
Then could hardly move for a few weeks. OUCH.
I guess that's what I want to avoid. Can't afford to get hurt.
I should have listened to my instinct that night with that horse. He was being pushy and I stepped on too soon. He needed some groundwork for respect, and I skipped that. Dumb move on MY part.