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Let me tell you a little bit about Fyn and myself.
Horses have been my passion my whole life.  For as far back as I can remember, I needed to be with horses.  I love working with them, taking care of them, riding them, and just watching them. I have been involved with horses as my job since I got out of highschool.  Even while going to nursing school, I still rode and managed  someone else's barn.  All this time I never owned my own horse, I always rode other peoples horses.  Financially, I just couldn't afford a horse of my own. 

The first horse I ever actually bought was Shanelle.  She and I made a great team!  Shanelle was a rescue no one wanted, but we had this instant connection. She was this diva of a Thoroughbred who was little on the outside, but huge on the inside!  We were doing really well competing.  We were having a lot of fun and success together.  Then my injury happened. It wasn't any one event.  I didn't have that Marsha Brady  "Oh, my nose!" moment  (I am dating myself here.  But all you over 45 year olds get the reference!). I just woke up one morning with a kink in my shoulder and from there it progressed.  I found myself with 3 herniated discs in my neck and no feeling in my entire left arm, except pain...lots of pain.  The long and the short of it is, I had to stop riding, and thus competing, to take care of this injury.  Which ironically probably came from all of my years as a nurse, not from horses.  But that's for another blog!

After months and months of procedures, physical therapy and an army of practitioners providing various modalities, I finally was able to ride again!  By this time, Shanelle was a little too old (don't tell her I said that) to return to the rigors of training and competition.  So she retired to being one of my instruction horses.  Felipe became my next hopeful partner.  But he kept getting injured and despite a lot of time, money, and effort he was unable to physically hold up to compete.  So he is retired with a friend of mine, Marie, in Texas. 

So, two steps forward, one step back.  Now I can ride, but I don't have the quality horse I need to compete. Years go by trying to figure out how to be able to afford another partner.  Horses of this caliber are expensive, not just to purchase, but to maintain.

Then comes Fyn.  He had been doing so well in his compettion career.  He was steadily progressing becoming an even better and more advanced competitor with every year.  I had admired him as others rode him.  I thought what a good natured soul he was, and admired what a lovely and talented horse he was.  Never in my wildest dreams thinking that I could afford him.
 
Unfortunately, Fyn sustained an injury.  Horses do that sometimes no matter how careful you are with them.  So now Fyn found himself facing an extended period out of work, needing a long recovery and rehabilitation. Fyn needed someone to take a chance on him.   Who would take on this horse's rehabilitation with no guarantees of a full recovery? 

Me!
So our journey begins.  Having just really met, we take the first steps back to competition together.  Me and Fyn....and our team.   It takes a lot of people and support to get a horse and rider into the competition ring. 

 

Thank you to his previous owner Susan Rubin for entrusting us with Fyn and his recovery!

 

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