So, as the New Year begins, I find I’m at a loss as far as goals go. I used to set goals but have long since decided it’s best to take each day as it comes. Try and work on what I think needs to be done for or with the horses. I’d like to spend more time with the herd, specifically, Blue, Donnie, and Sami.
This is a goal in itself because it seems there is never enough time in the days and weeks to have to myself and do what I want. I’m not complaining (well maybe a little bit) but I often wonder [what's the best way to strike that difficult balance between doing the things I want to do, and that make me happy, and taking care of everyone else's needs? I think that's just life's problem, but I haven't figure it out yet, and if you have, I'd be happy to hear about how!]
I’m planning on working Donnie and Sami this weekend on the longe for a bit to start getting them back in shape. Just because Donnie can’t be ridden safely and Sami is too small for me to ride doesn’t mean they should be left to their own devices to keep fit. [Both of them actually seem to enjoy the work and] I doubt I’ll be able to ride Blue since he’s been a tad bit lame for the last week or so. He’s getting older too and his hocks bother him. So I have to be mindful of that and be gentle with him.
I go back and forth about getting a younger horse to ride and retiring Blue. There are two schools of thought running through my head. The first is that I’d really like to spend more time riding while I still can physically manage it. It’s a shame to waste what time I might have left in the saddle and the property, the riding arenas and the indoor we have for the horses, which, if not being used for the intention it was bought, seems wasteful, too. The second is whether it's fair to get another horse at my age (65) that I may not be able to ride in a few years. Although I would love to ride forever, age and physical agility are a question mark. So I’m wondering, how do some of you older riders feel about this dilemma? What would you do?
Quote for Today
When you’re young and fall off a horse, you may break something. When you’re my age and you fall off, you splatter. Roy Rogers