We just got an email from a long time saddle pal, Marge that her riding days were over. She has had problems with her back for a long time, but they are to the point now where the pain is more then she can do. She will be having a doctor look inside to see what the problem is and what, if anything, can be done.
We have spent many miles together gathering cattle and exploring parts of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, in the Gila National Forest, where few people ever go. She has always been up for an adventure, and even when things got a little harry she never turned back. I have missed, and will miss, those times.
I guess this will happen to all of us somewhere down the trail. I keep saying I want to keep riding and training till I drop. That may or may not happen. It has for some I have known. But more then not come to a place in their lives where they realize that their bodies can no longer do what their hearts want.
Be safe out there. Let the reason you have to hang up your saddle be because you have just wore out. Not because you got yourself in trouble, because you were not safe with your horse.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.