I never got on a horse again after that, but one summer my daughters insisted they wanted to go horseback riding. I did not want to go and even watch, such was my fear! So husband took them. Later that afternoon, I got a call from him telling me they were at the local hospital and the younger daughter was being taken to Vancouver Children's Hospital! My God, it's a wonder I didn't get stopped doing 80 in a 50 zone! Long story short, she had been thrown from the horse as it galloped back to the stables and then suddenly halted. Her arm was broken right at the top of the humorus bone where it attaches to the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder. Surgeons attached it with pins and then she had to spend the entire summer lying on her back in traction. The poor thing was centimeters away from being either killed or ending up a quadraplegic!
Suffice it to say I don't have much to do with the horse now. Except that when I was in Wales visiting one of my best friends (Jane) she informed me that she was getting a new filly and when Lorne and I came back later in the summer, she'd be there. Hmmmm....how was I going to cope with this? As it turned out, very well. Of course, I was extremely cautious around her because, at only 3 years of age, she was still being trained. But after visiting her for several days and, heeding how Jane handled her, I was brave enough to pat her nose, lead her along the path in a forest where King Henry VIII used to hunt for deer, and down the lane back to home. Jane is training her to be a Grand Champion race horse!
I also took many photos of the horses along Mrs. Nesbitt's lane when we visited her one day. I must admit they are handsome creatures, but I still don't think I will ever ride one again. I also enjoy taking photos of the horses I find near my home - there are quite a few horse farms that offer riding lessons around here and a bit farther out, the township of Langley is considered to be the "Horse Capital of B.C." because there are over 5,000 horses in the area. Jane actually went riding out there when she visited in 2008.
Enjoy the slideshow and remember to turn up the music for a bit of country ambiance. Also huge thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and Roger for their heroic efforts to keep ABC Wednesday at popularity heights! You know, we're getting over a hundred posts each week now! It keeps those of us on the team hopping! By the way, have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Roger, on Thursday!