So, with all the debates on Facebook lately about helmet or no helmet or even inadequate helmets while riding I thought I’d share this and please feel free to post it forward. This is a picture of my friends head. This happened while sitting quietly on her horse at a show. She had her approved helmet on but had not fastened the chin strap. The helmet was fitted and new just as it should be but it didn’t help her due to it not being properly secured. While sitting quietly herhorse took a step back and tripped over the edge of a trailer ramp that had been left down, her horse fell and in its scramble to get up STOOD on her HEAD. Her helmet had come off in the fall and Karen’s skull was crushed, and yes that is a hoof print on her head.
I was extremely lucky to visit Karen in hospital after she was released from intensive care. I say lucky because I should have been paying my last respects at her funeral as the surgeons didn’t know if she would pull through.
After the incident Karen was left with muscular weakness, crippling headaches and lost her sense of smell. On top of this her short term memory was lost and some long term. She had a young daughter and husband whom she couldn’t remember and was extremely confused for a time after the accident. Now, ask her if she would ever consider riding with out a helmet or if she would put her daughter at risk by allowing her to ride with out one. Is vanity really worth risking this for.
Found via http://equineink.com/ who found this on Facebook with the request to post it forward.
A MULE makes it to the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky!
Laura Hermanson has been training and working with mules for over 10 years, she has an enormous passion for mules and believes anything is possible with them.
Laura and 12 year old Heart B Dyna competed throughout the year at 3 star sanctioned shows earning scores up to 75% qualifiying for both the CDS state and USDF regional championships they were then invited to The US Dressage Finals. The USDF invites the top two equines at each level from every region throughout the country as well as a wildcard based on scores.
This is the first time in history a mule has been invited to the USDF Finals!
But Laura Hermanson didn't have the finances to travel to Lexington, undaunted she started a GoFundMe campaign raising an incredible $10,085. People as far afield as Slovenia, Germany, South America and Columbia donated to get this pair to The US Dressage finals.
Here's a Winston churchill quotation via Operationquotation that every equestrian will be able to identify with at some time or another:
"If you're going through hell, keep going"
Perfect for Halloween costume ideas for you and your equine this video is bound to give you some inspiration
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Six donkeys have been rescued from Ballinasloe Fair in Ireland by The Donkey Sanctuary after they were abandoned by their owners.
The five males and one female were found running loose at the famous fair in County Galway on Monday. They now have a sanctuary for life with The Donkey Sanctuary.
Welfare Adviser Ian Colton said the five males and one mare were frightened and in desperate need of help. He said: “It’s sad to see them abandoned like this. If it wasn’t for us they’d still be there without food, water or shelter and at risk of injury or even death.
“I’m just happy we were there to help. Otherwise who knows what would have happened or whether they’d even have survived the winter.”
Each year The Donkey Sanctuary monitors the welfare of thousands of equines at Ballinasloe October Fair, the biggest equine fair in Europe, giving treatment and advice.
Last year 249 donkeys were rescued or rehomed by The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland.
These six donkeys were abandoned after their owner failed to sell them, it is believed.
Ian adds: “In a way these donkeys were lucky to be abandoned in a public place. Others are abandoned in remote locations all over Ireland where they might not be found or might get into trouble. But we work hard to find and help donkeys in distress wherever they might be.”
Ballinasloe Fair is just one of the equine fairs or festivals monitored by The Donkey Sanctuary. Earlier this year the charity’s experts provided treatment or rescue for scores of animals at Appleby Fair in Cumbria and at the El Rocio pilgrimage in southern Spain.
The charity continues to lobby authorities to ensure better conditions for donkeys and equines at festivals, fairs and tourist attractions all across Europe and has recently improved welfare conditions in Spain. Its petition against cruelty to donkeys in Santorini can be found here:http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/petition/santorini
Etsy is a brilliant place to find unique vintage & handmade gifts for yourself, family and friends and there is plenty to please the equestrian there too!
Marissa makes by hand vintage inspired treasures in her kitchen studio using genuine vintage fabrics and prints. She cuts out individual words from old novels or lines from poetry books to create a quirky saying to reflect the free spirit ethos of her shop Run Through The Forest!
This necklace has been made from a wooden 2.5cm circle and a silver plated 18 inch chain. The wooden pendant has been covered with a protective gloss varnish to make it splash proof, but please remember to remove before washing!
It will arrive in a recycled card gift box so perfect as a gift!