A poem for the horse people on BYC...

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by jettgirl24, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    My old trainer posted this on Facebook today. Just a warning... It did make me cry at work. Fortunately my office mates were at lunch. As much as those four legged beasts cost in money, time, and the resulting tifts with the SO about time spent at the barn they are SO worth it. I hope that when I'm in my 80's I will be one of those little old ladies perched atop a giant warmblood riding Grand Prix despite the fact that everything hurts and it took a ladder to get me in the saddle.

    I Hung Up My Bridle Today
    by Kris Garrett

    Yesterday, for the first time, I was too tired to ride
    Yesterday, for the first time, I was afraid I would be hurt if I was thrown
    Yesterday, for the first time, I realized I was old
    Yesterday, for the first time, I had to face that I could no longer keep up
    Yesterday, for the first time, I felt my heart break
    Yesterday, for the first time, I turned my back on my friend
    Yesterday, for the first time, I knew I was done

    Today, for the last time, I felt warm, braided leather in my hands.
    Today, for the last time, I released the buckles on the girth and watched my girl sigh
    Today, for the last time, I slowly dropped the bit so it wouldn’t hit her teeth
    Today, for the last time, I buried my head in her soft, warm neck
    Today, for the last time, I tracked hay and horse hair into my house

    Today, for the first time, I cried after my ride
    Today, for the first time, I felt my hands shake as I set the saddle on its rack
    Today, for the first time, I hugged my young trainer a final goodbye
    Today, for the first time, I waited for the new owner’s trailer to arrive
    Today, for the first time, I did not hear nickering when I opened my back door
    Today, for the first time, I felt worse leaving the barn that I did when I entered
    Today, for the first time, I had no one to check on before going to bed.

    Tomorrow, for the first time, I can stay in bed longer
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I won’t be able to fly on four legs
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I will regret letting her go
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be angry at myself
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I will cry the day away
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be glad to die

    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will know I was wrong
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will defy all the opinions
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will ignore my old bones
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will bring my friend home
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will be reborn

    For the rest of my life, I will have a horse in my yard
    For the rest of my life, I will ignore the well-meaning advice
    For the rest of my life, I will bury my face in her soft neck
    For the rest of my life, I will let my soul fly
    For the rest of my life, I will never be alone
     
  2. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Colorado
    THANK YOU for posting this!!!!
     

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