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[RC] "Ride Between the Rivers" - Thank You! - phantom horse


This weekend, I attended the new ?Ride Between the Rivers? in West Virginia. While in the middle of the 3rd loop of the 50 mile ride, the mare I was riding (Wirtual Dream, owned by Sami Hills Farm) sustained a serious injury to her right hind leg. In the process of throwing a shoe, the mare?s pastern was sliced by a nail, severing her distal artery.


I would like to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU to Barb Kemerer, Sue Ann Adams, and Nancy Walker, whom I was riding with at the time of the injury. With their help, I was able to bandage Dream?s leg and control the bleeding. Shortly after the injury, Dr Kathy Broaddus came riding down the trail and stopped, offering bandages and advice. Dr Lani Newcomb also stopped, supplying me not only with additional bandaging supplies, but much needed reassurance that the mare was going to be fine. Diane Connelly was also of great assistance by calling base camp in search of help.

I was touched that EVERY SINGLE RIDER who passed us on the trail offered assistance--bandages, water, snacks, or company. I wish I could thank you all personally.

For all at the ride who I didn?t see afterwards, Dreams will be fine. Dr Tracy put several stitches in the mare?s leg out on trail, with the assistance of Don Gibson. We were graciously trailered back to camp by Jack Butcher.

For those of you who missed this ride, you missed a good one. The management was excellent and the trails were challenging. The scenery, including a gorgeous river crossing, was amazing. We will be back next year!

Dawn
(#36420 and usual ridecamp lurker)

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