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post #11 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post

thank you for the lovely poem. brings tears to my eyes.

I know that to rail against it means I lose out on what IS good, right under my nose. I just, from time to time, wish I had started earlier, as a rider. It seems like now, no matter what, each year will be a diminishment on the year before, in what I can physically do, and a lot more gritting my teeth through back and knee pain.
I think I still have a wee bit of rant still in there.
It brings tears to my eyes too. Sometimes I look at the poem and say, "I am not there yet".
Rant away!!!!
I am so peed off that I cannot sit a horse like I used to.
I would take that fence in the poem, if I had a horse that would take care of me over that fence, instead of buck me off and kick me on the way down.
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post #12 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
True, but it doesn't fit well into my "poor me" rant.

I'll let you rant when it's deserved, I don't think it is now.

You kept your seat when others would not. You know there are many GP level riders in their 60s.
Quite yr biatching and be pleased you are doing just fine!
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post #13 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 10:28 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
...I don't like being old.
Hun, it beats the alternative all to heck

Personally, I don't know how it happened but after I turned 40 the ground got hard...too hard to kiss. I know it CAN'T be me...




We grow too soon old, and too late smart.
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post #14 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 10:33 PM
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We don't bounce like we used to

Last time I fell off, I cracked a bone in my leg.... guess the rubber is degrading

littrella and goneriding like this.

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post #15 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I keep trying to string together enough riding on him to build up the physical strength to ride him well.
I think this may be your problem. You are trying to build physical strength by riding, when instead you should be working out in order to build physical strength for riding.

You are comparing the abilities of your out-of-shape (by your description) self to the abilities of fit young riders, when you should be making the comparison with young people who are as chubby and out of shape as you - and yes, there are a lot of them out there.

If it makes you feel better, I didn't even get on a horse (barring a couple of tourist-type "trail rides") until I was older than you.
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post #16 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 10:34 PM
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I'm waaaay past my warranty period LOL
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post #17 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 10:40 PM
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All you can say is getting old (SUCKS).And I feel you pain.
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post #18 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 11:07 PM
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I hope to combat my aging by getting fitter for good. I need to drop 50 lbs of fat and build some muscle! My parents have also recently begun this journey... Last year they could not keep up with my 3 year old and were just lumps in general. Today they are brighter eyed and are out doung things. Neither needed to loose weight, but did convert some minor jiggle to useful muscle.

Now just to finally make good on my personal intent. The icing on my cake is better riding!
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post #19 of 45 Old 02-09-2013, 11:53 PM
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TinyLiny - I am so glad you didn't come off and I feel for you.

I used to ride like the wind...jumping from the side of my mare, throwing myself over her bareback. aaaahahahahaah the thrill of being 13 years old and being physically able to do that.

Now, like you, I will be 54 in 2 weeks. I bought a horse 4 years ago after getting my butt busted trying a horse. I spent the next 3 years gaining my confidence back after an injury and not having a horse for 26 years.

I had got to where I could canter my horse without getting afraid (horse ran away with me and I was badly injured) and load him up and go riding by myself. I was conditioning my boy to ride in a 25 miler - my dream.

In October I started having electrical shocks running up and down my body - then I started wobbling when I walk, more like tried to walk. I was stumbling all over myself and my feet went numb and then up my legs. I am somewhat numb now from my hips down. Then my ear closed up and just found out I have lost 50% of my hearing in my left ear. I found out I have diabetes (that could be false as I was on steroids for the uneven gait) As of last night, I have had 3 MRI's on my back and head. Last week I had a spinal tap, this week I had steroids injected into my inner ear through the ear drum and a "dizzy test".

The costs are scary as all get out. But what is really scary is I find it hard to mount my horse at times. I was in tears a few weeks ago over it. As long as I mount up on a regular basis I am ok but if Biscuit moves too much I can't move fast enough to not bust my butt so it is a scary thing. They are testing me for MS or some other neuro disorder.

I am thinking "Dang - why now? Why me?" I had always heard that your 50's were fabulous. Kids grown, house paid for, etc. For me, other than being way fluffier than I would like, that has been true. I have been having a ball with my horses. My biggest fear is I won't be able to ride.

I may never ride in that 25 mile ride but if I can get on and ride on trails I will be a happy camper. It is a challenge as we get older and sometimes something out of the blue attacks our health. I am wobbly as all get out and sometimes have to have my husband or my cousin hold Biscuit while I mount up from a mounting block - I was pitching forward when I was riding in November but that has gotten somewhat better and I am glad for that. While we might not be the super duper riders we were as teenagers - we are not sitting at home on the couch watching TV (lol watching it right now though). We are out there on our horses (my hat's off to you getting on a 17hh horse) hitting the trails or the arena to pursue our passion. I am going to call that a success for today. My horse couldn't care less as long as he gets treats and I go out and love him up. He is happy to ride or happy to stay home and bless his heart, I have leaned on him in more ways than one!

Love the poem...that is so true!

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post #20 of 45 Old 02-10-2013, 08:31 AM
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Well I'm a young'en in my mid 20's dropping in here ;)
I too have to say Tiny, quit moaning and be impressed that you sat those near ditches woman!!!
James had it correct above - don't compare yourself to fit young people, there are plenty of couch potato young people that have so little strength that they would have hit the deck when you were able to stick on.

I'm short, with big knockers, a big back side and thunder thighs. It's just how I'm built. I run around 5km/day, go to the gym 5 days/week lifting substantial weights (just bumped up to squatting 80kg and getting 8 chin ups straight!!), plus riding every day. That is the only reason I can stick in a bucking fit - because I work stupidly hard to keep myself from gaining weight and losing fitness.
If you want to compare yourself to young, fit riders then get fit off the horse first.

My coach is in her mid 50s, with a wrecked back and shoulder - she's got her home bred 8 yr old nearly to grand prix.

Long story short - you sat some heavy stuff, you're doing fine on the riding front. If you want to compare then even the field by getting fit, if not, just enjoy that you are out there riding regularly :)
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