T.J. Palm Author
Never to ride again!
I'm a writer of children's books and stories about animals I live in a barn with my husband, horses, dogs and a cat! I love to write it's what I do, I Used to ride and show horses and trained a few in the process and loved every minute.of it.
Did you ever think that your horse career would be over? I Did Not, when I lost my Friesian Nico a few years ago and a few weeks ago lost Glory my little Morgan mare, I said stick a fork in me I'm done. I haven't ridden in a long time and to be honest I don't miss it, my passion has been taken by time and circumstance I'm a 68 year old woman with heart problems, yes I'm much better but you never go back to who you were. I can't breath will enough to ride English which I truly love, my saddle-seat days have been gone for a long time. I wanted to do dressage on Nico because I could sit his trot then lost him I will never get over the loss of Nico I loved him so deeply. Now the loss of Glory I know she was old and she had an ulcer that causes her to colic but it still is so sad! All I have now is Mark my Paint gelding, who I have had from a 3 yrs old who now is 20 and lame, because he cut his foot into the Synovial sack when he was 3 and all the fluid leaked out, so he is permanently lame but he's a great horse, he's like a Labrador and very funny everyone who meets him loves him. He started to go to the wild side because what do you do with a lame horse? You can't work them, Then there was the day he injured me pretty badly, it could have been my undoing so one-day I decided to let Mark be a free spirit I let him wonder the ranch and make decisions for himself and his whole mind set changed really fast, it's unbelievable how he's a totally different horse he's my buddy. I told him the other day he was the last man standing, I swear he knew what I said. It took him a long time to get over Nico, now he's getting over Glory I got her for him so he wouldn't be sad, this time its a goat I think lol ! I do have some other horses here boarding so he is not alone now, which has-made it easier for him. I Still love caring for horses can't stop that, I've done it for 60 years I wouldn't know what to do with myself. So all of you that are still riding keep it up until you absolutely can't! I'll never forget all of the wonderful horses I have owned Friesians,saddlebreds,Paints,Arabs, Morgan,Minis,loved them all.
P.S. I know someone in her 90's still riding its all in the genetics!
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