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other Nature is sometimes cruel and relentless. If you live in eastern North America, you probably experienced a very wet summer—the rain seemed to be endless this year. In my very small town, population

2,000, we had almost record-breaking rainfall—63 inches from mid-May to the end of August! Since our horses live on our farm alongside a lake (okay, it’s really a pond, but

Floridians call anything bigger than two acres of water a lake), unfortunately, you guessed it, the “lake” began to flood. Te pasture disappeared and eventually the horses were standing in their barn on a deserted island, completely surrounded by water, and it was only August first! At least one more month of daily showers was in the forecast, so I knew we were in trouble. Now I’m not a person who likes to ask for help but panic was setting in. I decided it was time to swallow my pride and start making phone calls to see where I could move them. All three horses are very big boys, each over 17 hands and weighing between 1300 and 1800 lbs—this wasn’t going to be

easy. My first phone call was to my sister-in-law Tami. I knew she was full with five horses in a five stall barn; but she said not to worry, she’d take my husband’s draſt cross and “make it work.” I thanked her profusely and threw him in the trailer and drove him the 30 minutes to “horse camp.” Tat leſt my two dressage horses. I called the only other person in town who owns sport horses. Her barn is a private

breeding facility with two stallions, mommies, babies and no boarders. I barely knew her and I had never even been to her farm, but without hesitation she said, “Well if it’s only going to be a week, you can bring them here and use a couple of my stalls.” I double- and triple-checked with her to make sure she was okay with it before loading them up. I hoped and prayed we would be back home in a week, even though in my heart I knew it would likely be longer. Tat one week mushroomed into three and in the end what initially felt like a crisis offered an unexpected positive

outcome. While we were there, a new friendship was cultivated. I learned more about breeding sport horses. I learned that she had done some writing professionally and wants to help WT with future editorial about breeding. We discovered that our riding styles and training philosophies are similar, so we vowed to coach each other from the ground—a common practice in Europe, even among riders who might be competitors. Giving back or paying it forward, however you wish to describe it, is offering generosity and kindness for someone in need

without expecting anything in return. In this issue of WT we present many examples of that spirit of giving. Te story of Talon demonstrates how a wonderful couple rescues horses and rehabs them into happy, useful horses. In the Grandioso story, another couple stepped in unsolicited and took over the care of this magnificent horse while his owner was hospitalized. And owner of the twins, Suzan Kissee, feels forever in debt to her vets, Darby her farrier, and German her trainer who have all gone the extra mile to help the little guys become normal and healthy. While putting together this fiſth issue of WT, I have had the pleasure to meet so many caring and generous horse people

that it’s truly been an inspiration. So if you happen to stumble upon a horse or horse person in need, go out on a limb and offer your help. Te rewards may surprise everyone.

Liz Cornell, Publisher

Our Mission: Warmbloods Today is the only magazine in North America focused on the entire spectrum of Warmblood breeds. It’s a place where people from all aspects of the sport horse community can come together: amateurs, owners, trainers and breeders. Each issue contains interesting, informative and often heart-warming stories of peoples’ experiences with their horses, along with thought-provoking opinions from various professionals and amateurs. We cover all horses from European descent bred for the sports of jumping, dressage, eventing and driving including the Iberian breeds and American Warmbloods.

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