#StrongerTogether

I write this with tears in my eyes and my mind going a million miles a minute. Yes, I am worried about Ike as we try to get to the cause of his odd lameness, but when I take a step back from my problems, I realize that while it feels like a big deal, it is nothing compared to the struggles of my friends.

I have friends coping with major health issues, friends whose significant others have health concerns, friends struggling with depression, friends who have lost horses, and friends who have horses that are worse off than Ike. I wish I could blink my eyes or wrinkle my nose and make all the problems disappear.

But what I have found, is that I have an amazing circle of friends. It puts a smile on my face to receive a text or a message from someone checking in on us. What seems like a small gesture can really brighten someone’s day. It can make the unbearable tolerable. It can give you the strength to see past the moment. We are stronger together.

So reach out to that friend who has gone AWOL. Splurge and send someone a card. Offer to help. Be there for each other. And of course hug your horse.

Alison

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Keep the Faith

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ” Helen Keller

#silvermedaldreams #dressage

Slow progress forward is still forward. We are tentatively looking forward towards our Fourth Level debut. I almost cried the other day when I realized the dream is closer to being reality. Never give up. Take those steps backwards, cry the tears, scream with frustration, but never give up.