March 27, 2020

Consider the Safety Risks of Riding or Driving During This Epidemic

A letter from concerned reader.

Photo NW Horse Source

I was thinking about our sport, the virus and risk.

Each and every one of us should dial back risk as much as possible right now.

If you end up needing treatment your exposure to the virus and the chance of bringing it back to infect your family goes up very steeply.

Currently there is a shortage of medical supplies. We do not need to add to that.

Also, should you need treatment you might end up waiting a long time before treatment. If you need surgery to correct your condition you will be added to a backlog. 

Given this it is a good time to wear your helmet, wear appropriate footwear and be more self-aware of the inherent risks of riding and horse handling. 

I've brought this up to many of my horse friends and most have been so worried about their family and their jobs they haven't got around to thinking about this part

Stay well.

Sincerely,
Lynn Howland

Thanks for sharing this Lynn. I certainly hadn’t thought about it. ~
Karen Pickering - Publisher

Karen Pickering
Owner/Publisher Karen’s lifelong love of horses began at a very early age when she wore out a couple of rocking horses before convincing her parents to get her the real thing. That ill-tempered bay gelding, Brandy, was a challenge for the young horsewoman, but it drove her ambition to become a horse trainer. After attending Canyonview Equestrian College’s Horsemanship Program, Karen realized she needed work that was a little more lucrative than training, so she took a job with Customs Brokerage to pay the bills. There, she discovered an affinity for computers and a talent for creating informative, entertaining newsletters. The Northwest Horse Source began as such a letter in December 1995, with a distribution of 1000 copies for its 12 black and white pages. Since then, it has grown into beautiful, all-gloss magazine with the largest coverage of any free equine publication in the Northwest – a distribution of over 16,000 copies and over 600 locations monthly. Not bad for the results of one woman’s dream to work with horses! Today, Karen remains involved with every aspect of the magazine and treasures the community of thousands who share a common passion. Somewhere in the wee hours of the early mornings and late evenings, she still finds time to care for April, her gorgeous and sweet-tempered Quarter Horse.

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