Thank you for the years of shining service. For two whole years you took me through rodeos, parades, pageants and trails. Always supportive, always around. You might have required a spit shine or two, but you hung in there.
Now you are retired to the status of work boot and riding boot. You sag in a few places. You’re a bit worn in others. But the wrinkles and wear are a testament to the history you’ve endured. It has not been an easy road.
No more shall I try to patch you up with white paint and expect you to mingle with the younger, fresher pups. You can relax now and know you’re show days are done.
Never fear, you are far from permanent retirement, old friends. Enjoy your new backyard livelihood and forget about the spotlight and stage.
There is much work to be done. Stalls to clean, horses to ride, trails to explore. Onward into a new chapter, a new purpose.