I think it is time that you all get an update on my beloved buffalo.
This has been the year of maladies for Ax—earlier this year he sliced his mouth open which resulted in some minor stressing, an unexpected (and perfectly timed) vet visit, and some time off, and now we are approaching week four of stall rest due to a mystery lameness that has my vets stumped.
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I’ve written a lot about not showing this summer partially because a lot of people asked me about it, but mostly because I was so surprised by how much it affected me. Don’t worry though, this is my final blog post on the topic.
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This weekend, September 17th and 18th, marks the eighth annual International Helmet Awareness Day (IHAD) coordinated by Riders4Helmets. In celebration of this important message to equestrians, I am re-sharing my story in hopes that we all remember to mind our melons.
“You’re not a real rider until you’ve fallen off” is a phrase I’ve heard since I set foot in a stirrup and one that I’ve said to numerous others. Falling comes with the territory when you start riding, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had my fair share of tumbles. But I’ll also be the first to admit that I spent years ignoring the rules that come with the most important piece of equipment that protects you in a fall—a helmet.
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I’m at the point in my riding where I will take any victories that I can get—no matter how big or small. The days where my confidence is at a high are few and far between lately, so when I am feeling like I can conquer the jumps in the ring, I try to take advantage of it and run with it as far as I can. After having the majority of the summer off , Ax has been a superstar and I’ve been on top of the world. By that I mean, we’ve managed to jump over a few 2’3″ and 2’6″ fences without me panicking, pulling, and otherwise getting in my horse’s way.
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I didn’t have the typical horse shopping experience when I bought Ax. I wasn’t even horse shopping at all—I wasn’t looking for a horse, I was just looking to survive finals of my sophomore year of college. No pre-purchase exam, no assessment of his conformation, nothing. Just a short lease and a signed check.
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