Actress Selma Blair’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis has been well-documented on her own social media platforms and more recently in the documentary Introducing Selma Blair. The film follows the star through her stem cell transplant surgery she undertook in 2019 to help heal her MS. The procedure put Blair into remission, but she is still battling pain on a daily basis.
Blair is also a seasoned amateur owner competitor in the hunter/jumper ring and she has frequently posted on social media about her love of the sport and her current horse, Mr. Nibbles, a striking grey gelding.
It took years for Blair to be diagnosed with MS and riding was one activity where the symptoms began to take a toll. “My riding instructor, she would say, ‘Okay, left leg, let’s get it!’ I have a history of knowing how to ride as a good amateur rider, but I was like, “God, is this aging? I don’t have a left side!” Blair told Variety . “I just figured this is age and nerve damage. I didn’t acknowledge that I was really in an MS flare for many years, and I was getting debilitatingly worse.”
Blair keeps Mr. Nibbles at Cellar Door Farm in LA County. The owner and trainer is Kelly Jennings, a USHJA certified coach who trains Blair and keeps Nibbles in shape.
But now, Blair is back in the saddle, riding Mr. Nibbles. On Instagram the star posted images of her and Nibbles jumping and cantering with the caption: “After months away, I am back riding with Kelly at @cellardoorequestrian. We all love our new location a bit closer to my own home, so I think Scout and I can get miles of smiles more often. Thank you Jeff @bayridgefarmllc for being so hospitable and lovely as we use your ring for a spell. Thank you all. HRH Nibbles most of all.”
Cellar Door Farm also posted a video of Blair and Nibbles with the caption: “The finest pair of unicorns you’ll ever meet. This team has worked so hard together towards this goal and you can almost see the glow between them as they achieve it. They’re so proud of themselves and each other, it’s beautiful. Work hard. Stick with it. You can do magnificent things.”
The farm’s account also did reposted a caption from @selmablair from the same day, “I did it. I stayed still and riding. A huge deal. Really proud I am recovering and learning and focusing. At least on my beloved horse Mr. Nibbles, with Kelly training my body and confidence.”
Blair was also spotted post-ride on the streets of LA with her service dog Scout, grabbing a coffee, as seen in UK tabloid The Daily Mail.
All of us horse people know the healing power of our horses and can only wish the best for Blair and Mr. Nibbles throughout her challenges.