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RIDING THROUGH heart break

How horses and riding are sometimes the cause of heartache, and sometimes its cure.
sari o’neal/shuttersock

Sports psychologists in Lexington.”

Things were feeling desperate when I submitted that search query and scrolled the mostly unhelpful results. I’d been feeling like I was finally making some progress in my slowmoving journey into the sport of eventing. But then I had a fall in December that left my hip, back, and confidence bruised. A month later, a slowmotion fall due to some too-defensive riding on my part reinforced my self-doubt.

On top of that, I had to stop riding my 29-year-old Morgan, Snoopy, several months earlier after he started displaying neurologic symptoms. I hadn’t been riding him much anyway, but we’d go for an occasional no-stress hack around the farm. Without that, my riding was restricted almost entirely to jumping lessons on a rotating cast of lesson horses. My very patient trainer was accommodating of my nerves, but I still pulled up to the barn for every ride with clammy palms and a mild feeling of dread.

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