Friday, February 3, 2012
For Sake of Appearance
Today I struggled once again with the issue of trying my best to look like everyone else and ride just like all the other capable riders in our barn. In particular, the issue which came up was using a piece of equipment which as a para rider I am allowed to use versus struggling away to figure it out and perhaps not achieve such an easy or neat result. I find it hard to explain my dilema, but In a nutshell, I do not like being labeled as "different", or as though I had special advantages. I work very hard to minimize my own disabilities when seen in public and that goes for riding as well. To me the best complement is when someone notices my mount and I riding really well together not realizing until later when I am unmounted that I am in fact disabled. If I felt that my horse's well being was in any way compromised, I would use any legal device without hesitation. That has not been the case for me so far. I do wonder how my fellow para riders feel about this issue.