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  • I hung up my bridle today

    I'm sorry. Just saw someone had already posted this. Mod, if you would could you please delete mine?

    A friend just sent this to me and I thought some of you might like it as much as I do.


    I Hung up my Bridle Today
    by Kris Garrett
    11-11-09

    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 heard someone say my barn was too shabby
    Yesterday, for the first time, I let someone tell me I was too pudgy to ride
    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 had to let go of my dreams
    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 ran my stirrups up so they wouldn't bang my mare's sides
    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 gave my mare a cookie to thank her for the ride
    Today, for the last time, I buried my head in her soft, warm neck
    Today, for the last time, I inhaled the sun and the dust in her long winter coat
    Today, for the last time, I closed the gate and trudged to the muddy porch
    Today, for the last time, I tracked hay and horse hair into my house
    Today, for the last time, I pulled off my boots and felt the sting of warm blood returning to my cold toes

    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 set my boots in a box to go to the Goodwill
    Today, for the first time, I sighed at the wear on my riding gloves
    Today, for the first time, I had no hay in my hair
    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 won't have to buy hay
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I can stay in bed longer
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I won't see the poop pile grow
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I won't be able to fly on four legs
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be sorry I listened
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I will regret letting her go
    Tomorrow, for the first time, I will be angry at God
    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 awaken in tears
    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 judgment
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will ignore my old bones
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will return the buyer's check
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will bring my friend home
    Day after tomorrow, for the first time, I will take my boots out of the box
    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 cruel judging
    For the rest of my life, I will watch the poop pile grow
    For the rest of my life, I will have hay in my hair
    For the rest of my life, I will track mud in my house
    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
    You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.
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