|My favorite view in the world|
If one lives long enough, works and plays hard enough, most will experience OA (Osteoarthritis). I have that variety also. Horse folk know how to power through the pain and get on with their horse activities. RA is different as it is an autoimmune disease that not only targets joints but internal organs as well. Treatment can involve chemo therapy drugs to curtail erosion and deformity that can be crippling in many cases. I am one of the lucky ones that respond well to treatment and can function pretty well. I do require a few life altering changes that are necessary for a good life. Plenty of rest, no stress and quality food is important. The unfortunate part is I can no longer ignore my body and power through body pain. The saying “no pain, no gain” does not apply to me anymore.
After a few years of non-competition, I have finally come to contentment that combined driving is a past achievement for me. There are indeed other ways to drive one’s horse and still achieve some necessary goals if one is so oriented. I have just completed an open end goal that has taken me nearly 2 years to achieve. The American Driving Society’s Hours to Drive program is a great way to achieve personal goals as well as having a log to reflect on a horse’s conditioning progress. Having a goal, or purpose is so important to me and the Hours to Drive program is a great way to have fun, see progress, and be rewarded for achieving a milestone.
|cruising with LH Winfield Scott|