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post #21 of 45 Old 02-10-2013, 09:36 AM
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QOS, sorry to hear that you haven't been well. If its any inspiration, a friend if mine was diagnosed with MS in her late teens along with a serious degenerative bone disease. She was recently a reserve for the London Olympics as a para dressage rider and has competed successfully on a national and international basis. She is regularly in hospital for lengthy painful treatments, but is still out there riding and competing :)
Youll bounce back when they work out what's giving you grief :)
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post #22 of 45 Old 02-10-2013, 12:08 PM
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When I was younger I had the body of a girl, no curves, I had nerves of steel and great balance, I would gallop across country, pop over ditches and fences (sometimes I was even riding a horse when I did it)

Now I am older, and more fragile, I have the body of a woman, and yes it is covered in layers of fat, but strip the excess fat away and I'm still a mature woman, and that is my shape, and it isn't bad.

I may no longer have the nerves I used to have, but instead have much more patience, I have lost the arrogance of youth and am more inclined to listen to the feedback from my horses. I don't need to achieve everything today, because there are still lots of tomorrows. I have though wasted a lot of yesterdays by not appreciating them, so

Celebrate all the little things, and don't waste your breath on mourning the passing of time and the changing of our bodies.

Now excuse me, because this fat old woman, has to go load up her horse and pick up another recently befriended fat old woman, and we are going for a lesson.
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post #23 of 45 Old 02-10-2013, 04:32 PM
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When I was younger I had the body of a girl, no curves, I had nerves of steel and great balance...
I often wonder if there is not an awful lot of selective memory going on here. That is, people seem to remember their younger days as being a lot better than I suspect they really were. I know I listen to my contemporaries bellyache about their aches & pains, and how growing older is the pits 'cause they never had such things when they were older. Yet I can remember having pretty muh the same kinds of problems in my 20s and thereabouts. I always figured that's how you know you're dead, when it all quits hurting,
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No James it isn't selective memory, my memory is very unselective these days, remembers all sorts of crap that could be dumped, and files vital stuff straight to the recycle bin.

The whole point is we change as we get older, but it isn't all bad, we need to quit looking for the 20 year old we were and accept the wonderful person we have become.
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No James it isn't selective memory, my memory is very unselective these days, remembers all sorts of crap that could be dumped, and files vital stuff straight to the recycle bin.

The whole point is we change as we get older, but it isn't all bad, we need to quit looking for the 20 year old we were and accept the wonderful person we have become.
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post #26 of 45 Old 02-10-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the candid and supportive posts. It's pretty rare that I endulge myself in a public "poor me" thread. But, I see others doing it, so thought I might give it a go. And, it was satisfying and I appreciated the feedback, which was basically two things;; quit your bitchin' and get as fit as you can. And, appreciate what you have.
Couldn't have been wiser.

I think what happens to us as we get firmly entrenched in middle age s tha we realize there are no more free rides. you have to work very hard , just to slow the decline. When you are young, you can go back uphill. I mean, you have an injury , it heals, you get as good as new, in fact, you get stronger.
When you are older, someof those injuries just don't go back to the way they were . . .ever. You can not get back to "good as new". your choice is . 1. get old and weak fast, or 2. work hard to make it happen as slowly as possible. But, going backward to youthfulness is not an option. Pretty obvious, right? and pointless to rail against. So, choice number two is obviously the right one.
I KNOW that, but my lazy nature wants to tantrum my way there, instead of put in the work involved. that's why I titled this thread, "So mad at myself"
So, I appreciate the gentle slaps in the face.

(I just love that scene in "Moonstruck" when Cher slaps Nicholas Cage in the face and says, "Snap out of it!")
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My mind thinks that I am still 25 but my body tells me that I am 54 in March.I need to loose a few pounds as well for my healths sake.
I have the start of arthritis in both hips, my left knee and I have permanent tendonitis in my right elbow. BUT I have 2 yeraling geldings which I have raised since they were 3 months old and I plan on training them for trail riding horses as they get older and I will do as much of the work by myself as i possibly can. I also have 2 standies which I have to train for saddle in the next couple of months My hubbie bought me a sulky for valentines day and it needs some minor work on it to bring it back to its original condition (it is 100 YO), and we will do it ourselves.
I don't let my body let me down I just work within my limits and love every day of being alive and well enough to indulge my passion of horses.
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Congrats on staying on top of the horse!

As I have gotten older I may not take the chances I once did. Age makes one a bit more cautious. But I am a better rider than I once was, and I have gotten a whole lot smarter, which is of great benefit to myself and my horses.

James had a great point...condition TO ride. And weight loss makes a world of difference.

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Tiny... On a side note did you name you horse after a rugby Zulu? ... After you make your first try (score) at the drink up (after party) they expect you to get naked and run around the yard. Lol!
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Tiny... On a side note did you name you horse after a rugby Zulu? ... After you make your first try (score) at the drink up (after party) they expect you to get naked and run around the yard. Lol!
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Zulu is not my horse. I only part lease him. He was named that because his owner was born in S. Africa.
He is a really lovely boy and I absolutely adore him, top to bottom, and feel so incredibly lucky to have him to ride. If I had had this opportunity 10 years ago, I'd be out learning how to jump on him. But, he isn't easy to ride. It's making me a better rider, but I am also aware that I am not the human who can bring him to his fullest potential, because I can't ride him over cross country, which is what he is bred to do. I do take great satisfaction from working with him to improve his manners, on the ground and under saddle. I know for certain, that in that respect, I have made him a better horse.

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