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Rider Health

The Show Must Go On

In a sport where reward does not come without risk, professionals accept that injuries are par for the course.

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By: Jessica Lefroy |

It takes a strong support system to navigate the logistics of being laid off following a riding accident. Erynn Ballard and Ian Roberts, who both suffered major injuries in 2013, share their stories of how they kept their businesses running. Tough but breakable Horse people are bred tough, which explains their propensity for riding with casts, broken fingers, and bruised ribs. It often takes a very serious injury to completely sideline a professional rider. Erynn Ballard shattered her scapula, separated her shoulder joint, and broke her collarbone when a horse she was riding in a second-year green hunter class got hung up on the back rail of an oxer. Six days after the accident, she was booked for surgery with a trauma specialist. “Those six days felt like a lifetime,” she recalls. “I couldn't stand up, lay down, or do anything on my own. I basically just waited.” After a…

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