Many people thought this barrel racer would never ride again after a devastating injury - she proved them wrong.
Kim Schulze was born with the heart of a barrel racer. She's full of "try," as people would say, and she's not at all short on determination. Kim's hardworking, not afraid of getting hurt, and absolutely dedicated to working toward her dream, as so many horseback riders are.
But when Kim was kicked while unloading a horse from a trailer, her life changed. She sustained a Grade 4 liver laceration, meaning her liver was almost cut in two. Friends and family doubted whether she would ever ride after the serious trauma to her body.
Three months later, however, Kim mounted up again, very much still a barrel racer at heart.
See her story in the moving video below:
After a near-fatal accident that left her incapacitated for several months, many people thought Kim would never be able to get on a horse again.
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As horseback riders, we're always taught to get back into the saddle. The act of mounting right back up again helps to combat fear, but it's not always practical - or wise - to get back on right away. Mounting up with a serious injury can make things worse, possibly prompting another fall or making the injury worse.
As much as we don't like to hear it, the same is true of riding before an injury has had adequate time to heal. Many riders push or break doctors' orders by riding too soon after an injury. It's best to be patient and heal completely, though many riders will admit that they're short on patience.
Kim's gone on to ride and continue to chase her dreams. This barrel racer isn't one to give up, despite the risks. We wish her the best!
Have you ever come back from a serious riding injury? Tell us about it in the comments!
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