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The Race Goes On…

September 23, 2008

The Race Goes On…, originally uploaded by Rock and Racehorses.

Coping with the loss of my horse Alibar has been extremely difficult. The kind words and shared experiences of my friends have been a great comfort to me. My husband, family, and friends have surrounded me with sympathy and love and it astounds me to realize how much of an impact my little chocolatey horse made on all who met him in person or through my photos. I’ve heard the good and the bad and I appreciate it all. Some have told me that time will heal my wounds and some have told me of horses they lost decades ago who still haunt their memories.

It is a beautiful and terrible thing to realize that the Earth keeps turning even though my own little world is upside down. The races go on, Bryan the Cat needs to be fed, I need to get work done.

I’ve known a lot of people who lose a one-in-a-million horse and they drop out of the equestrian world for years… sometimes forever. I don’t want to do this. I’m doing my best to be brave and jump back in the deep end. When I arrived at Monmouth Park on Sept 13 to photograph Big Brown, I got a big hug and some very supportive words from my photographer friends. I’m also trying to visit my barn as frequently as I can. Horses are great therapists.

The race goes on and an amazing horse is carrying me.

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