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hort of some bad bruises aſter falling off of my own horses, which hurt my ego more than my body, I’ve never had any serious injury to speak of (knock on wood!). So for me, it’s difficult to relate to someone who has any

kind of handicap or disability whether temporary or permanent. Unless one has “been there, done that,” I don’t believe one knows what it’s like to function with a constant physical challenge, and then add the difficulty of being on horseback! Perseverance and lots of practice must prevail in order to overcome such difficulties. Speaking of overcoming difficulties, recently while attending the annual AHP (American Horse Publications) convention

in New Orleans, we received a visit from “Molly the Pony.” You may remember an email massively circulated around the country—and the world—about this precious little rescue pony from Hurricane Katrina, who soon aſter was attacked by a pit-bull, literally tearing her legs to shreds. One of her front legs was so badly damaged, they were about to put her down when instead her new owner wanted to try amputation. With her specially designed prosthetic leg, this pony has become a huge inspiration for disabled children and people across the country. It was tough to watch Molly stroll around the hotel that evening without shedding a few tears! A few issues back in WT we featured two disabled riders—Tory Watters who is legally blind and Holly Bergay missing

half of her leſt arm. What astonished me is the amount of zest and joy they each have for their horses and the sports they participate in. Tis was so evident over the telephone, I could hardly imagine what an inspiration they would be to meet in person. Isn’t it amazing how some people can accept the hand they’ve been dealt and can overcome all odds and expectations? To take this idea one step further, one of our features this month takes a closer look at what’s special and unique about Mibis, a horse that carried a disabled rider to the Paralympics in 2008. Other topics in this issue include a report on what the unique organization HEART has done for four different hunter/

jumpers. We dared to delve into the mysterious relationships of sponsorships—learning about what works for both trainers and owners. In regards to health issues, Salmonella poisoning is a real threat to our horses, so Caruso’s story is eye-opening. As requested by you, in this issue we introduce you to a new column entitled “Hack Down Memory Lane” where we’ll take you on a historical journey to learn about a person or horse influential to the sport horse industry. Check out the Conformation Corner column; we’ve made some changes that I hope you’ll like. Don’t forget to give us your feedback about WT—it’s an important part of our connection with you. As always, we

wish you continued success connecting with your own horses. And when you hit those inevitable roadblocks along the way, be it health, training or other issues, just remember Tory, Holly and Molly the Pony; it will help you put things back into perspective as it has for me.

Please enjoy our fourth issue of “Your Connection to the Modern Sport Horse.”

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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