I always tell people who want to get in to horses that Murphy's Law is at work, all the time, that they must learn to always be three steps ahead of the horse in their thinking. If a fence rail looks a little weak, fix it now, because the horse, in a heartbeat, will show you how weak it is. The day you visit your horse in flip-flops is the day he will stand on your foot. It's those moments of losing focus......
She has come home to the family today and will be laid to rest at the local cemetery on saturday morning.
It's kind of wierd also, seeing the horse in the paddock just as calm as ever. This horse had never reared before in her known history and it was all out of the blue, has certainly made me thik twice about anything I do, and my family and I have agreed that I will not be road riding on my horse, we have enough safe land to ride on
Holly, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. You and her family and friends will be in my thoughts.
The director of our HS Equestrian team made an excellent speech to us last year. A girl doing steer daubing got into a very serious accident when a cow ran under her horse. She was in a coma. We all took a big moment of silence to pray for her before our riders advocate meeting. And he told us something that I will never forget. He told us that no matter what you are doing, a horse is a horse and a human is a human. We have a beautiful yet unnatural bond with our equine partners. But we cannot live our lives thinking about the "what ifs". Because if we did, we would never live at all. People have died just from stepping into the shower and slipping. People have died just walking next to a road. People have died in their sleep for no apparant reason. Does that mean we stop showering? Stop walking down the street? Stop sleeping? No. It just means we work harder to know what can happen and how to prevent it. Nothing is ever for certain, but fear will do nothing but make you miserable in the end. Respect the dangers that come with the horses; But don't tote around fear the rest of your life.
Holly, thank you for sharing what must be a very painful experience. I am humbled and will try to strike a balance between caution and courage when I ride out tomorrow. Life goes on. It shouldn't end so early , but it does. How very , very sad.