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Re: [RC] sick to my stomach...more heartbroken - Susan

My beloved Nergie broke his leg in his pasture as an 8 year-old.  I was devastated and still can't think too much about it or I'll break down.  Time doesn't heal wounds.  I submit you simply get used to the pain.
While I'll NEVER advocate racing babies, let's understand that even these babies love what they're doing (most of them).  8 Belles continued to run because that's all she knew.  It was in her blood.  In my opinion, not only should the filly have been scratched, all of them should have.  Let them race when they are 5!  (I know...costs too much money.) 
Maybe to make me feel better, I'd like to think that accidents can happen anywhere at any time.  As endurance riders, we put our horses at an incredible risk every time we take to the trail.  I don't care how fast you ride, how much homework you've done or how smart you ride, we (I) put our (my) horses in harms way.  Endurance riders and horses are amazing athletes and people.  We tend to cut the chances of harming our equines and ourselves through education, smart riding and dumb luck.
The Derby was bitter sweet indeed.  My heart goes out to those associated with 8 Belles (they are hurt too...no matter what our opinions are) and my heart goes with Big Brown as he races again in 2 weeks.  I, too, gave all my herd hugs and loves...and, they are used to that.  I know too well that accidents can happen when I'm no where around.  Have you hugged your loved ones (the humans) today?

Semper Obliquo (Always aside),
Susan Young, ISSO Secretary, ISSO Points Secretary, Regional Representative
Your Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
Glenndale Grace Farm, Ft Gibson, Oklahoma U.S.A.
"Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!" - Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Re: [RC] sick to my stomach, Truman Prevatt