Originally Posted by acorn
A friend who was seventy four and I, seventy two. Took a fifteen year old girl on one of our favorite mt. Trails. This girl rides every single day either trails or practicing her barrel stuff.
When we had been out only two hours she was wanting to know how far it was back to the trailers. By the time we hit the trailers this kid was half dead.
She slept all the way home and her Dad said she went to bed when she got home and slept til the next morning.
Have to admit it made my friend and I smile.
I do have to say I do a bit differently now than I did when younger. I always had 16 plus hand tb. Now I ride a fourteen hand appy. This appy is one that I started when she was three and I was 63 and I made sure she was as near bomb proof as one can be. No more climbing on the fire breathers just for fun for me. I want to be able to ride on into my nineties! Still love the technical trails though!
I also belong to a Seniors Forum. A thread has just been started on how to keep in condition.
There are a handful of us that are very physically active outdoors. One guy is an avid fisherman, one lady has recently got into horses and owns one, another lady got out of horses when she retired but they bought ten acres on a creek and she keeps very busy outside.
I have to bite my tongue to keep from telling the Couch People, they would have some semblance of muscle and feel good if they would just get off their hind ends, get outside and do something.
There isn't one of us "on the wrong side of the roller coaster ride" horsemen that doesn't have something wrong with us. Yet we work past the pain and the grief it causes us, to keep doing what we enjoy, to whatever degree we can enjoy it. In turn, that keeps us in physical condition. By condition, I don't necessarily mean we're at ideal weight, either.
The nice doctor wants me to lose 20 pounds but I can still use that "squeezy thing" he hands me, as good as any 20 year old.
Much as I would love to lose that 20 pounds, I tell him not to get on me too much about it or that well-muscled hand might be around his neck