•  December 07, 2009

    Even a Dead-Broke Horse is Still a Horse

    In June 2006, at the age of 34, I began pursuing a life-long dream of learning to ride horses. My lessons began with a package deal that included 4 sessions in a class of 6 beginner riders on mild-mannered school horses. On our 4th lesson, the horses spooked. The one I was riding bucked, and I was launched into the...

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  •  December 04, 2009

    Trip Down a Steep 75' Trail

    I had brain surgery in June and wanted to ride the worst, but still had the brain tumor and my Dr. said that I must wear a helmet "IF" I were to continue riding. So, I looked at them, thinking all the time that I did not like them, never had to wear them and wish that I did not...

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  •  December 04, 2009

    Never Again

    It was a beautiful sunny summer afternoon about 15 years ago. We were at a BBQ at by bosses home in Oregon. Even though it had been awhile since I had ridden, my love of horses won out and I asked to ride the horse in her field and was given the okay. No one told me he had not...

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  •  November 13, 2009

    Green Rider + Smart Horse = Rodeo Ride

    Several of us went riding the river trail that morning. I was riding a horse that I had never ridden before, a smart, feisty Arab mare. She did not appreciate the mud puddles on the trails we were riding. I lost the battle after several attempts to go through a particularly difficult puddle with a steep bank on one side...

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  •  November 12, 2009

    Helmet Saves When Equipment Fails

    I was 40 ft away when I heard my 13 year old daughter's head hit the ground. It was my worst nightmare. After taking a jump, her stirrup came loose and I helplessly watched her fall followed by a horrible thud. I have no memory of getting to her, but by the time I did, she was back on her...

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