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I Hung Up My Bridle Today


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


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