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The 30's have their group, the 40's have their group, well maybe the 50's need a group :lol::lol:

So I will start....

Is the ground Harder today than it was 30 years ago?

Last time I took a spill, I think it is :wink:


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Oh Happy Happy Day:clap::clap:

I no longer think my 5'2" self should be riding a 16.1H horse, even though there's one in the pasture.

The 14.3H fella is a lot closer to the ground. Hopefully I will feel a lot less pain by the time I land and can get up without help:-(
 

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My 15.2 mare is making me think the 13.0 mustang looks good. But after several years of riding 3 times/year whether she needs to or not, my wife lost her job and has now ridden 6 times in the last 10 days - all on the little mustang. 13 hands, a calm mind and sure feet: A good horse for my 55 year old wife to get back into riding on. And to forget about losing her job...:-(



On a good note, sort of...my spooky Arabian mare finally ran into some cactus:



She kicked it a couple of times, fast, breaking off several sections and getting spines across about 2 feet of hind leg, then jumped forward. I gave a couple of bumps with the reins, she stopped :)D) and spun 270 in the area with the arrow...and stopped completely. Once her back relaxed, I dismounted, led her to a better spot, and used a pair of folding pliers to remove the big spines.

But I stayed on, she mostly obeyed the habit of the last 6 months of making 'stops' a high interest item, and I didn't end up needing my passport 60 miles later as she bolted south into Mexico. For a mare that was doing the "OMG Crouch" every 10 minutes 6 months ago, that is a big improvement! Although she was still feeling a bit tense 20 minutes later, when the threat had changed from cactus to a huge moving van with rumbling sounds in its belly.

And yes, I often put one hand on the horn. I've used two hands on the reins for so long that it feels unnatural to put one hand on my thigh. Or maybe that is a cheap excuse, and my 55 year old body is afraid of slamming into pavement...:oops:



A more relaxed moment, before the cactus and rumbling moving van...and she finished the day's ride looking like that, too:


 

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It rocks to be over 50, my riding is the best it's ever been, I have way more disposible income to indulge on my horsey pursuits, and I have more knowledge gleaned through the years. What else could I say, being old sucks, you have to look on the bright side, lol. Oh, almost forgot the best thing is.....having grandkids!!!!!!
 

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Yep, a bit south of Tucson, maybe 60 miles north of Mexico. Love it. The next time the moon is full, my daughter & I want to try starting a ride at sundown. Regardless of the temperature, it feels cooler when the sun isn't beating down.

How is Panama? Is it horse friendly there?
 

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Just a heads up that the "40s thread" is for mature people over 40...not just 40 something. lol

I'll be here full time in a few more years.
Yeah, we know:D

But, it's great to have our own spot, where we can whine about the good ole days:lol:

To paraphrase a top country song by a top country singer:

I ain't as good as I once was
My how the years have flown

I used to be hell on wheels
Back when I was younger man
Now my body says, "You can't do this boy"

But my pride says, "Oh, yes you can

Maybe not be good as I once was
But I'm as good once as I ever was


Yes, I'm as good once as I ever was, until I try to pick myself up off the ground:rofl::rofl:
 

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Have to say-liked the 50's, but this next decade is quite trying. But, I'm in the middle of a major allergy atttack right now, so that is coloring things also.
 

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Have to say-liked the 50's, but this next decade is quite trying. But, I'm in the middle of a major allergy atttack right now, so that is coloring things also.
Allergies --- didn't used to have those either:-(

I've never been tested but the grass allergies are high in my area, at the moment.

I've been mowing and mowing and mowing, plus we just put up a year's worth of orchard grass hay. "something" is makin' a sneezin' fool out of me, my eyes itch, my throat is scratchy, my nose is full of ------------stuff.

I'm trying to make it to July/August without taking anything; if I start taking pills now, I'll be taking 4X the recommended dosage by then.

My person is not drug friendly:lol::lol:

If I thought Remission was produced in a human sterile environment I would try it. I have yet another horse I am sure is IR. He has food and environmental allergies.

I have an equine allergy herbal blend that works on him but, I didn't have to use it this year because, wonder-of-wonders the Remission is keeping his allergies under control:shock::shock:

I have an intercom at the barn and I haven't heard him cough, sneeze or choke since I started him on the REmission. His eyes aren't mattery, his nose isn't full of allergy snot. Who wudda thunk?
 

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No sympathy from me on allergies. When we moved to Tucson in 71, I went thru a box of Kleenex every day in school alone. When they tested me for allergies, they concluded, "If its a plant growing in the Sonoran Desert, you are allergic to it!" Over a few years, I built up some resistance...but I've had problems for over 40 years.

Then at 50, we bought horses. Around here, we can buy alfalfa hay or bermuda. Alfalfa makes our horses hot, and Mia is plenty hot enough...but I've very allergic to bermuda. Unloading 6 bales of hay is my max before I need to shower. Otherwise, my arms break into a rash. I couldn't count how often I've fed the horses while swearing at them, "You EAT this $%#@ ? I hate hay. I hate hay!" They just sigh, look longingly at what is on the hay fork, and maybe scurry over to their buckets...:?
 

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I had bad spring allergies from about age 20 till a few years ago.

I was told by a friend to eat a tablespoon of "Local Honey" every morning, starting in march of the year, the upcoming spring and for 6 years after doing that my allergies have stayed away by about 98% to 100%.

Of course the starting time each year I would guess depends on when spring hits your particular area.

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Just a heads up that the "40s thread" is for mature people over 40...not just 40 something. lol

I'll be here full time in a few more years.
Well hopefully this one is for 50 somethings who aren't always mature



YEAH to growing older disgracefully.

Yes the ground seems to be harder and further away, yes stirrups seem to be getting shorter so you can't get your foot in them to mount.

Yes it takes longer to get your boots on than it used to take to catch your horse and tack it up.

BUT

You can laugh at it all, well lets face it it if you didn;t laugh you would cry
 

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/sigh

If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself and not done some of the STUPID things to myself that I have done in my past.

:think: LOL, yeah right...I had way to much fun living life to think about growing old! Though I'm certainly paying for it now! :rofl:

Absolutely, the ground is harder. And I don't bounce nearly as well as I used too. And when did 16 hands become so **** tall? My little 14.2 hand Fayde is just fine. Besides, at least I can still get my foot high enough to reach the stirrup on her. :thumbsup:
 

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If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself and not done some of the STUPID things to myself that I have done in my past.
The Statement of the Century :lol::lol::lol:

Oh, the tales I could tell about myself..........

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