Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Long Journey Back

After being on a waiting list for over a year, 
my daughter has finally started her horse rehabilitation sessons.

Exactly two summer ago, my daughter was struck by a car.  
Spent a week in the hospital and four months in a back brace.
The physical rehab has been grueling.
It has been a long journey back for my sweet child.

Rachel is an excellent horsewoman and loves the sport.  Loves the connection between she and these animals.
As part of her horse world life, she started training with a riding facilities (here) that specializes in horse riding rehabilitation.  She started a month ago, and goes once a week for 25 weeks, or more if needed.

At this stage of the training, or re-training I suppose, her trainer takes the lead and walks Rachel around the area.  Then at some point the horse jumps over the logs on the ground.  A tiny step in the whole jumping and riding thing.

You must understand, this is very frustrating for an experienced barrel racer to have no control how she operates the horse.  She is young and she thinks young.  In her mind, she wants to get on her horse and go....., but she is learning to take the journey back in baby steps.

 She feels it physically after each lesson.  Even with the little bit they do do, she is in pain for a few days after.
Poor thing, thank God for Physio and massages.
I thank God......period.  And that is between God and me.  Someday I hope I can talk about what this whole experience has meant to me, but for now, just way too raw.

Here they are working on back exercises and posture

Next week I do believe they start trotting..... a slow trot. 

At a very early age she has been taught Western riding, here she is riding English.
She says it's a bit different, but nothing she can't go girl!  :)

Juno the horse with Rachel and her brother in the background.

She will never barrel race again.  But she is hoping to at least be able to ride comfortably on these magnificent beasts again.

A long journey back indeed.




  1. Hi Diane, what a great post. I'm so happy that Rachel is starting her recovery by getting back to riding. It has been a long process and I just hope she will be encouraged with her work on the horses each week. It's a big step for her. Blessings. Pam

  2. I am so sorry for this accident that your daughter endured. I totally "understand" about those private conversations with God. Our personal , raw feelings that are meant for HIS ears only.
    Glad to see she is getting back on the horse...little by little. Gosh, I didn't know she was a barrel racer. She must have been an amazing rider.
    My best wishes for her recovery....and your emotional recovery. What affects our children hits us right to the core of our being doesn't it.

  3. Can't even imagine what your feelings must have been and continue to be for your darling daughter. They say that there's nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse, think it was Churchill who said that. My favorite scripture is - peace be still and know that I am God. I sense great joy flowing from you and your family at the smallest little advances. Mary Anne

  4. Oh I so understand what you are going through. I have a grandson that was in a car accident and had a sever traumatic brain injury. We worked with him and watched as he learned to breath, swallow, sit up, talk, walk and do the simple things in life again. God is so good, he is totally healed now, it took 2 years, but you would never know he was in an accident. It is such a trying experience for everyone to go through. Your daughter looks fabulous. I will keep her in my prayers, and you too. Hugs, Marty

  5. It's so good to see your daughter being able to ride again after all she's been through. I had an accident with a head injury and now all to well how long it takes to recover. I will never forget the look on my mother's face when she first saw me at the hospital...and that was after they had cleaned me up. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. :)

  6. Oh Diane, I hate being unable to ride at the moment, due to financial reasons, so I know precisely why it is so important to your daughter to be able to get up and go. She sounds like she has an amazing willpower and determination (just like your Mother) I wish her all the best. How amazing xxx

  7. Diane, my heart goes out to you and your daughter. I cannot imagine what you both have endured, during this difficult time. I have a friend whose daughter owns a riding therapy center and a disabled little cousin in France who has received the benefits of one.These centers can work miracles! Many hugs to you and Rachel.

  8. I'm so glad she is back on her beloved horses....praying she just gets better and better.

  9. I really admire her determination. Although it must be very frustrating for her right now, the long term benefits will be worth it. I hope she goes from strength to strength.