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Leap of Faith


"Leap of Faith" - Fingerpainting with Inks on Paper 12" x 8"

I used to be a bit of a thrill chaser when I was younger. Show Jumping seemed to be made for me. That feeling of being suspended and moving through the air was the closest I have ever felt to flying. It was addictive.


A foolish, immature rider who didn’t know her limits, one day in the distant past, I pushed horse after horse and thought tired, got on the 5th, Power of Faith.

Our largest thoroughbred show jumper he made me feel like I was riding the wind.


And then he tripped..


I truly flew that day, over the fence, over the horse’s head and to the soft ground that embraced me.


The world went black and then I flipped over. The blue sky turned dark with his hind quarters as they came crashing towards me.


Silence.

I felt myself sinking as the saw dust and soft sand shifted under our weight.


Screams.

I could not stop till he got up and thankfully walked away.


That day changed who I am.

6 months on crutches and guilt of risking a horses life because I didn’t know when to stop will do that.


A horse takes a leap of faith with us, we should respect and cherish that, no matter how great it feels to take one more jump.



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