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    02-10-2013, 07:32 PM
  #31
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You know, tiny, I can relate a bit I think. I'll be 51 in March, hubby 48. We just got our retirement horses and it has occurred to me a couple of times, WTH were we thinking! The things I did when I was 30 years younger I know aren't going to happen today. I'm much more aware of my mortality. I questioned the wisdom of getting younger horses. Even though my brain still functions and I remember what I need to do, my reflexes aren't what they were AT all.

A few days ago I was down in the pen with Zoot messing around with him when it suddenly hit me. I'm no longer in a race to "do" anything. I can and will take my time with him and make him the best horse my abilities will allow. Getting out on the trail will take time and it wasn't the "ideal" situation we were looking for but here's the thing ... now I get to enjoy the process. And THAT makes it so much more worth while.
     
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    02-10-2013, 07:42 PM
  #32
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I just love Horseforum folk!
     
    02-10-2013, 07:53 PM
  #33
Showing
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I just love Horseforum folk!
Me too!

I say well done! You should be patting yourself on the back. I can imagine that he could put some serious oomph in a spook if he tried. Good on you!

While I can't say that I'm old, I plan to never say that I'm old, I do feel you on the difference between then and now. I've been a rider from day one and am thankful that I still have the balance & agility (for the most part, I'm pretty sure I'd do a face plant or something similarly embarrassing if I tried to get on a horse of much size bareback...maybe I should just so we could all have a good laugh) but I have come off a couple times in the last few years and I felt it, like really felt it. I've had some pretty good crashes in my lifetime and seems that minor ones now hurt a hell of a lot more than the big ones when I was a kid.

Just because I want you to still enjoy your party, I got you a cupcake
pity party.jpg
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    02-10-2013, 07:58 PM
  #34
Trained
Blow the cupcake

     
    02-10-2013, 08:17 PM
  #35
Super Moderator
YUMMMY! Wine and cupcakes. Just what I needed.


YOu know, when I almost catapulted over his big neck, I looked down on the ground and saw me there, with a broken collarbone, or my already messed up lumbar disks all blown out and it really spooked me. I realized that it's a very real possibility, and off of Z, it's a LONG way down! I haven't fallen in two years, so I get this bad feeling that I am overdue.
     
    02-10-2013, 08:28 PM
  #36
Weanling
Congratulations Tiny! I think you did a great thing by staying on your handsome fellow. I have found that with age I may not be as agile but I am a lot more focused and at least have more of an idea of what I am doing than I did when I was a teen. I may not bounce back as quickly from an injury but I think I'm a lot smarter and can avoid getting into some dangerous situations. I am thankful for everyday I can get out and ride my horses and plan on having many more if them in the future. Don't be too hard on yourself. Keep on doing what you're doing!!
     
    02-10-2013, 09:40 PM
  #37
Trained
Tiny, I can totally relate. I didn't even get into riding seriously until I was 40, and have felt I'm behind the 8ball all the way through. My brain knows what to do, but my now 45 year old body is very reluctant to execute the knowledge. I am still trying to get up to a division that many younger riders wouldn't waste their time in.

The upsides is, we understand we have limits. Sure it sucks on one hand that we know we can get hurt, but it is also what makes for wise choices and less chances of the getting hurt part occurring. When I look at people half my age, who already have bad backs, knees and other horse related injuries, I feel better about my later start and slower progress. I know that, when I finally get there, if I ever get there, I will do it safely.

That all being said, get a synthetic saddle for the sport horse. They are very hard to come out of even during the biggest spooks.

Oh yeah, the wine and cupcake always work too.
     
    02-10-2013, 10:07 PM
  #38
Trained
I am 55 years old. I feel your pain. It seems like I eat a fraction of what I used to eat and tend to gain weight anyway. On the upside of that, I took a pretty bad fall off my horse last year, but the fat padded me so that I didn't get hurt bad.
     
    02-10-2013, 10:09 PM
  #39
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Celeste    
I am 55 years old. I feel your pain. It seems like I eat a fraction of what I used to eat and tend to gain weight anyway. On the upside of that, I took a pretty bad fall off my horse last year, but the fat padded me so that I didn't get hurt bad.
Ah! I knew there was a reason I have a butt wider than our draft cross! Thanks, I feel oodles better now
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    02-10-2013, 10:16 PM
  #40
Weanling

This thread makes me smile.
Total understanding!
     

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