It's encouraging to see that many people are finding ways to cope, grieve, and overall "process" the physical conditions and states that are present and/or imminent. There are so many possibilities outside of specifically riding that will allow one to be involved with horses. It's nice to know that there is always some sort of hope or option out there.
I've all but given up everything in life in order to focus on riding and training right now. Half of this was the demand of my recent instructor, half of this was personal choice. I've come to the understanding that someday riding will no longer be an option, so I might as well do all that I can now.
When that day comes, I'll probably go back to instructing and coaching, which I absolutely love. Course designing is a passion that I discovered last spring, so I'll probably finally follow through with getting my USEF licensing (currently USEA certified). And, finally finish my PhD in health psychology (ironically, my research interests focus on the emotional and physical manifestations resulting from episodic and chronic stress [e.g., PTSD, depression, fibromylagia, autoimmune cndtns]. Likewise, I'd like to study how the implementation of "self" processes-- self-compassion, self-awareness, self-control strength, self-talk, etc-- can alleviate and terminate negative symptoms and bolster immune response.)
If all else fails, I'll open up a riding facility and holistic spa where everyone can relax, find some sort of physical and emotional relief, engage in wonderful self-compassion, and of course, watch the kittens playing.