July Excerpt: Getting Past Fear & Back In the Saddle

By Justine Griffin

One moment, Kaitey Cosgrove was merely walking around the arena on her four-year-old off-track hunter prospect. The next, she felt a crack in her back and then her neck as she plummeted face-first into the dirt.

Her helmet would cut deep into her forehead. As she collided with the hard ground, her body would flip over, snapping her back and neck in places that would send shooting pangs throughout her body for weeks.

Kaitey wasn’t surprised when she was diagnosed with a concussion. It took months for her brain and body to heal from what she described as a freak accident. But the fear she harbored of falling again would make her question everything she ever loved about being around horses.

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