It is crazy to think that on Thursday marks 9 months of recovery for April. It was the day I decided to do what we could to save her, with the thoughts in my mind that she may have to be put down if she was in too much pain. The weeks to follow were hard; seeing her hurting, the struggle with my boarding situation at the time, and struggle with my family (mostly my boyfriend which in the end brought us closer together) understanding my time commitment needed for her healing. Thankfully I had time off saved at work to accommodate for the visits to the clinic and over the weeks to see her improve was so awesome. The first time I put her on the lunge line and she bucked and kicked is vivid in my mind- she was truly a trooper in all of the rehab.
When I was given the ok to sit and walk on her it felt like Christmas morning and things felt right again. April has done so well over the winter allowing me to get her back into full workouts again. She has been so willing to learn and just works very hard for me. As a team we have soo much to do and learn yet (like horsemanship patterns), but I feel like we will get there.
I took April to a show in February. It was an indoor show but very crowded (smaller arena) with 12-22 competitors in my 5 classes. We placed top 4 in each class with a win in English Pleasure. Yesterday we went to another show and April was very quiet and overall was very good for me. My classes were anywhere from 8-17 in size and we place top 5 in everything, getting a 1st in English pleasure and 2nd in English equitation!!!!!
I’m very excited how things have worked out and can’t wait to see where this summer will take us. If you would have asked me the day the accident happened if I would be showing again, I would have said “no”. But my horse proved me wrong and our bond is so much stronger now.
The picture is from yesterday- even though it is a bit blurry I can see (and was feeling) how hard April is working for me. 487420_10150746630994245_509964244_11555882_2006690304_n.jpg