For those who have been following me for a while or read “about me“, you would know about my injuries and how some days are better than others, physically.
Regardless, doctors and physiotherapists did give me the green light for riding. Never ever ride or do any physical activity that is not cleared by your doctors. Always listen to your body and give it time to heal. When I wasn’t able to ride I still learnt of ways to bond with Tofino (9 ways to bond with your horse).
Anyhow, I have been suffering from my injuries and surgeries (13 operations in total now, with #14 just around the corner), but I am still, thankfully, very eager to ride and continue to progress even if it is literally one step at a time.
I thought I should write up a quick post just to help those out there that are a little demotivated or think it’s over. The moment after you think of giving up, but still continue, is the most rewarding moment of all. This isn’t only for those with physical disabilities, but also with injured horses getting back in shape or even those difficult to ride horses.
Riding competitively in general isn’t easy. Doing so in pain makes it that much more harder. But if you have the patience, passion, determination, and the bravery, then you can truly achieve anything.
I was told over and over again that I should give up the sport. Sell Tofino and move on to find something “safe”. Safe? Nothing is safe nowadays. Even the food we eat can harm you. But there are some people that don’t understand the love, the relationship we have with these amazing horses. And when they can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you that you can’t do it.
I am glad I never gave up. Not on myself, not on Tofino, not on my body. I learnt to be tough. To know my limitations. To give my body and my horses body breaks when necessary, and yet push it when possible.
As Rocky Balboa once said “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place… and I don´t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently, if you let it. You, me or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward… how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That´s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you worth, go out and get what you worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying: You ain´t what you wanna be because of him or her or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain´t you! You´re better than that!”
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have, and thankfully, even though it isn’t much compared to others, we ended up with a wall of awards which I am personally so proud of:
Stay strong and keep moving forward ❤