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 When I am an Old Horsewoman by Patty Barnhart
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Hook
Trail Boss (Moderator)



Canada
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Posted - 01/23/2010 :  4:33:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Hook's Homepage Send Hook a Private Message  Reply with Quote
When I am an Old Horsewoman

When I am an old horsewoman
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
And a straw hat that doesn’t suit me
And I shall spend my social security on
white wine and carrots,
And sit in my alleyway of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.

I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow
And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
As I walk past the gardens to the barn
and show instead the flowers growing
inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.

I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair
as if it were a jewel
And I will be an embarrassment to all
Who will not yet have found the peace in being free
to have a horse as a best friend
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.

-By Patty Barnhart
Originally published in The Arabian Horse World magazine in l992




Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

killybean907
Clinician



USA
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Posted - 01/24/2010 :  01:00:29 AM  Show Profile Send killybean907 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

...made me cry, thanks for sharing. Hope I am still riding and enjoying the horses until I die and old woman!




It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.
Karen-Anchorage, Alaska
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PaintGal
Trail Boss (Moderator)



USA
5100 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2010 :  07:58:29 AM  Show Profile Send PaintGal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Uh oh.... I'm already doing a lot of that.

What could that mean?


Karen ~ Trails
&
Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN


"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."



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homein3turns
Trainer



USA
654 Posts

Posted - 01/24/2010 :  10:39:49 AM  Show Profile Send homein3turns a Private Message  Reply with Quote
PG - I am doing lots of that already too

I think it should be retitled "When I am an OLDER Horsewoman"

Juli Collier
Pendleton, IN
Juli's Riding Log

"Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it." Author Unknown
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slidinstop
Groomer



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Posted - 02/07/2010 :  6:43:43 PM  Show Profile Send slidinstop a Private Message  Reply with Quote
LOL... I'm not sure about the turquois, but the rest sounds about right!!!!

Edited by - slidinstop on 02/07/2010 6:45:14 PM
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