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Just before the beginning of the 2010 season, my Dressage Trainer lovingly and forcefully told me that I needed to add a Point 2 Air Jacket to my Eventing arsenal. Now, before you go on shaking your head and saying... "of course a DQ would think a Novice rider would need more safety equipment", you need to know... my Dressage Trainer was an accomplished Upper Level eventer who, for the love of a horse, "retired" from eventing to specialize in dressage. She's been there and done that!
So, the argument began... And, it wasn't pretty. I sited the controversy around the testing and marketing of said safety equipment which I learned from my esteemed, and anonymous, Horsey Bulletin board posters.
Since both of us are major and outspoken Helmet Supporters, it was kind of hard to disagree about this new piece of safety equipment. And, I am the kind of person, who try as hard as I can, CAN NOT keep my mouth shut when I see a helmetless rider... in any sport. It's my version (actually one of my versions) of tourettes syndrome. Yet here I was protesting about this item.
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And, we debated... It was too expensive... not applicable for a Novice rider and so on. What I didn't say (and this is a "Confessions" blog thingy), is that the vest would make my middle aged "not-even-close-to-a-six-pack abs" look even more.... um... full.
It ended kind of unsettled. I reluctantly said that I would get a Point 2 Air Jacket WHEN I moved up to Prelim. And, believe me when I tell you I had time to save up and pay cash...
Her comments did have an impact and that Christmas a group of us bought one for our Eventing Trainer... We wanted her to be safe and I was a strong supporter of that gift. And, I was adamant that she use it.
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Today, 5 weeks after hitting a tree... I ache. I still take an immense amount of ibuprofen to keep the ache from being a pain. I can ride Sugar at a walk for 20 minutes without adding to the pain. Trotting and cantering are in the near future. Ultimately, I have lost patience with my rehab... that's it... I've had it! For any of you in chronic pain, I pray for your relief. And for those of you in chronic pain that manage to have full and bright lives... you are my heroes.
Today I wonder... what if I had that vest? What if I had that vest? And, today... I decided to buy one... for me.
It is a decision I made for myself. I am not ever going to be a Point 2 Air Jacket - you must have or you're foolish - preacher. No, but I will quietly tell this story... the story of a freak accident that might not have been an accident if I had seen the tree as an obstacle rather than a landmark (Landmarks vs Obstacles). And, maybe... just maybe I would have made it to the competitors party that night and laughed about how close it was to being the "big one".
One other note... stuff happens. I have no remorse that I waited... nope... what is... IS. You gotta move on. Oh, and for those of you who might be saying... "How long are you going to write about this? Puh lease! Move on!" Uh, we're getting there! ;-)