I'm 23 now, and I rode horses for about 8 or 9 years, while I was growing up. I had to stop when I was around 17, when the Fibromyalgia symptoms started, because I just wasn't strong enough to ride at the level I was at. At the time, looking back, it was just very depressing to me to find that I wasn't able to do what I had been doing, and for a long time, I had no diagnosis, no reason for my symptoms, I just knew that something was wrong and everything became a struggle. Now, I regret my decision to stop riding. At the time, I didn't see how I could ride and be dealing with the illness at the same time. Now that I'm a little older, I'm feeling like maybe it is possible for me to still have horses and riding in my life. I would just have to be creative about it. So my question to you guys is - do any of you own or ride horses, and have fibro too? How do you do it? What kind of problems arise for you, juggling both, and how do you deal with them? What type of situation have you found to be best for balancing horses and FMS? Is owning a horse that is quiet and will take care of you better, or do you ride lesson or leased horses? Thanks for any advice you could give me on this! I really want to try to get a plan, and work towards it.