On the Mend - Sue Roberto

It has been quite a summer for several notable members of our dressage community as they face various stages in recovery for illness and accidents. One thing they all have in common is a grateful feeling for family and friends, and a new outlook on life, as they have been forced in one way or another to slow down, take a look around, and appreciate life and health which often can be precarious. With their permission we are giving you their e-mail address, so send them a note, let them know you care, you never know, someday it could be one of us!

Sue Roberto – Dressage Trainer - Judge

On Monday, Sept 17, while mounting a client’s horse Sue Roberto suffered a fall and a broken pelvis. After going into shock she was transported by Trauma Hawk to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach, and subsequently had surgery where a titanium plate was installed. Releaced just five days later, Sue is on the mend and hoping to resume teaching at her Rolling Rock Farm in Florida from her temporary wheelchair.

Sue admits it she was in a hurry to get things done that day, and hopes to remind others to be patient when riding, and lunge your horse that has had a few days off. “I was rushing to get done because I had people coming to see the farm for season. I had just gotten on and wasn't quite settled yet and he let out a couple of little bucks and then a twist...just enough to get me out of the saddle.”

“I am getting around by wheelchair, crutches, or walker. I am not permitted to bear any weight on my right leg for 3 to 6 weeks. I am not on any pain medication other than Tylenol and am really not that uncomfortable. I probably won't be riding again for 4 to 6 months, but I am hoping to be teaching from the wheelchair by next week.”

“All things considered, I feel very blessed by God. My friends in the horse business have been incredibly supportive and that has helped a lot. There is no question that I will be back in the saddle again. Till then, I am learning all sorts of life lessons that I apparently need to learn (like having enormous amount of patience with your husband!) You don't know how mobile you are until you are forced to be immobile...this may be Ralph's life lesson, not mine! "

Sue has also just started a horses sales business with good friend Kari Garber, and actually sees her "down time" as an opportunity to develop her new endeavor.

Sue Roberto can be reached at sueatrollingrock@bellsouth.net