Lyndon Rife Improving Slowly - Update From Julie
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Lyndon was wearing his Charles Owen GR8 helmet so there was no head trauma and, for better or worse, he has a clear recollection of the accident. He was riding a client’s horse that had come to our barn about two weeks earlier. As with many horses that come for training, this individual was not enlisted for his great qualities as a dressage horse, but because he had issues to be resolved. Perhaps this horse should have been turned away but trainers train and while we attempted to handle the situation carefully, the brief but troubled history of this youngster was stronger than our efforts.
There is never a good time for an accident. This one comes on the heels of a fantastic, breakthrough competition for Lyndon’s show horses; hosting and riding with German Gold medalist Heike Kemmer; and preparing a big group of students for the regional championships. While he is showing great strength and determination to recover as quickly as possible he is frustrated and depressed at his time away from his life’s work. My mantra of “one step at a time” does not satisfy his desire. I have to say that this accident gives me great pause and I consider our lives with horses. One I.C.U. nurse told us of her daughter’s broken arm, another of broken ribs from a horse’s kick, and my mind travels to the life threatening accident of a former employer. Yet, Lyndon is ready and mourning for riding, as so many have before him, and thanks to some of our wonderful horses and owners, I have found my way back to the saddle again.
Thank you all for everything,
Updates will continue on Lyndon Rife Dressage
How You Can Help
- At a Wells Fargo Bank - make check payable to "Lyndon Rife Medical Fund". Account # is not necessary, but it is: 8429961256.
- Make check payable to "Lyndon Rife Medical Fund" and mail to:
5811 N. Woodcreek Cir.
McKinney, TX 75071
She will send people a response letting them know she received and deposited the check.
There will also have an envelope at the GAIG/USDF Regional Championships in Katy, Texas, October 29-November 1.