Almost 20 years ago I began my educational venture into the world of natural health. The first course I took was a herbology course, that’s a story we’ll save for another day. One of the first things that course encouraged its students to do was to buy a stethoscope and get used to listening to lungs. To the local pharmacy I went, and although they thought it was an odd request they ordered me a stethoscope. I even got my choice of colour.
Monday July 20, 2015 I got home at 2AM, quickly checked the horses, brought in the dogs and promptly fell over in bed. A few hours later I staggered outside to care for the herd. With the hay shortage and moving I made the decision to use the good pieces from the 3 not so great bails I had leftover from last year. The first two feedings went well, everyone was happy and glad to have me back home again. I opened up the next bail Tuesday morning fed like I normally would. I left the horses and headed back into the house. A few hours later I came out to find find Pan wheezing with great force. She has had small reactions to hay before this but I thought she may be sensitive to the dust.
It’s amazing how many details you can remember when you need to make the right choice for someone you love.
On more than one occasion I have been informed that the person I yelled at for passing me to quickly actually couldn't see me. Even in a reflective vest I was difficult to see, in fact my own in laws zoomed passed me on day!
Bush riding on the other hand I never took as seriously until I realized how many people frequent the bush. Having teenage sons brought to my attention how many people play in the woods with guns. The mere thought of teenage boys with guns wondering around the same wilderness where I ride lead me to the conclusion that maybe it would be a good idea for me to be visible in the bush as well. That would also allow the quaders, and mountain bikers a little extra time to prepare for passing us as well.
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