Back in the old days, some folks reckoned an equine was just a disposable tool to get their jobs done. They might ride a horse hard, so it was sweaty, panting, and broken down. When done they would throw it out to pasture without proper grooming. This is probably the origin of the expression to "get rode hard and put away wet." As Extension professionals, we have to take care of ourselves to gallop the whole race and don't let 'em ride us hard and put us away wet.
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Galloway, R. (2012). Don't Get Rode Hard and Put Away Wet. The Journal of Extension, 50(2), Article 40. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.02.40