Always & Forever
A western rider explains why she now wears a helmet every time she rides.
YOUR H RSE LIFE » BY KASSANDRA DUBOIS
MY LIFE CHANGED on a day that started out like any other, and as a result, I will never be the same. I’ve been riding since before I was born: My mother worked on a cattle ranch and rode when she was pregnant with me. Growing up, I was taught to be fearless around horses, but I soon figured out some
common sense rules around them.
I was the girl that took on the shy,
quiet project horses until the day
my mare, Aeowyn, was born.
A Filly Unlike Any Other
Aeowyn’s dam was a Percheron/
Paint cross I rescued; she foaled a
few months after I got her. The filly
was an alpha with attitude from
day one, and she changed my whole
perspective on training and riding.
I trained Aeowyn mostly on my
own, not wanting to share her with
anyone else. We developed a bond
after years of hard work due to her
unruly nature and quick wit.
We found out later that her
actually from a sore back, and
she outgrew the nasty habit
after a chiropractic adjustment.
She became the perfect riding
companion, looking out for me and
rewarding the time and trust I put
The Day the World Changed
The day of my accident, I was
trail riding in a county forest park
alone. It was a rainy, slightly cold
spring day. I remember looking at
my phone at 5: 15 p.m. and thinking
that I still had some time to ride
before dark, so we pushed on into
unfamiliar territory after crossing
the creek. It was slightly muddy,