I spent the week after Christmas in Wellington, FL visiting friends, watching some amazing riding, and wishing that I was making the journey down south for the season. The sheer volume of equestrian activity that takes place in Wellington and the surrounding areas during the winter months is astounding
I can’t believe another year has come and gone. My parents always used to tell me that the older you get, the faster time moves. I never believed them, but I certainly do now! I always love the beginning of a new year, and the opportunity for a fresh start
I’m in the midst of my final exams for school so things have been very busy, but I have some very exciting news that I wanted to share! We finally got the news we’d been hoping for! As of November 14, Palermo has officially been cleared to go back to work! Yay! While his injury still isn’t entirely healed, our vet feels as though he is ready to start rehabbing. This made me nervous at first, as I tend to err on the side of caution, but I’ve had to come to the realization that this is our ‘new normal’. There has been really significant improvement, especially since we did the PRP injections, and our vet feels as though he is ready to start going back to work.
It’s amazing how sometimes the smallest thing can totally change your perspective. With Palermo being my only horse, when he’s out of commission, I’m out of commission. I’m sure many of you can empathize with this! But a few weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to ride! Really ride
Well, this summer didn’t go exactly how I had planned. But with horses, when does it ever? Eight months ago now, when Palermo first re-injured himself, we thought we were looking at 5-6 months of rest and walking, before getting back to work
With only a month left of summer, I’m looking already look ahead to the coming year. It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of August.
Hi Everyone! My apologies for the delay since my last post. As a student, my life is very much subject to school, and with the end of the year and final exams, not to mention rehabbing Palermo, it feels like I’ve had no time to myself lately. But now it’s officially summer, and I look forward to writing much more frequently! A lot has changed for both Palermo and I since my last post
Palermo and I are currently on that long and winding road back. Even though this is the second time we’ve gone through this similar scenario, I haven’t yet learned how to cope with the helplessness we feel when our horses are hurt. The first time was February 14, 2011, right at the start of the Florida show season. I was tacking Palermo up like any other day, when I noticed some swelling on his right front.
Hi! I’m so excited to be the newest blogger to join Sidelines. I can’t wait to fill these entries with stories, questions, and other musings, and mostly, look forward to hearing from you all! I wanted to begin this first blog with a quote, and there’s one in particular that always sticks out in my head. “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” ~Winston Churchill This quote more or less sums up how I feel about riding, and horses in general. I figure, seeing as you’re here reading this blog, you probably agree with me. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to ride some wonderful horses throughout my lifetime – from my very first pony, Texas, to Lando, my favorite Stanford University team horse, to Palermo, my partner of three years who successfully showed me the ropes in the Young Rider arena, they’ve all taught me something