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Helmet? Check! Boots? Check! Face Mask?

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When boarding planes for my last couple or three flights, especially in the last couple of years, I’d spot a passenger or two wearing a surgical mask.

I used to think it odd, but understandable.  Commercial flights, like elementary schools or Florida beaches in March, might as well be petri dishes.

Years ago, I was subjected to/healed by immunosuppressant drugs. My year and a half of “chemo lite” taught me:

  • To open doors with a shirt tail over my hand.
  • To go straight to the bathroom from my car to wash my hands.
  • To avoid crowds in the big shopping seasons, like Black Friday, December, and Saturdays. 
  • To dodge my friends with grandchildren if they mentioned they were catching or getting over a cold.
  • To take my own reading material to a doctor’s waiting room. Except for the dentist. He has The BEST magazines, and people aren’t usually sick when they go to the dentist. But it has to be a REALLY intriguing travel or lifestyle magazine. Not one of the usual suspects.

Yet, I always went to the barn, where I’m older than most of my fellow students’ parents. Besides, fresh air at the barn dilutes all the cooties. The concentrated air of a restaurant table? Not so much. 

Likewise, horse shows and Saratoga racing were always exempt from my No Crowds Rule.

Except now, I’m thinking they won’t be.

How Equestrians Are Athletic

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Yeah, we hear it all the time. “The horse does all the work.” Or, “The rider’s just sitting there.” And don’t get me started on what I’ve seen on Twitter.

C’mon. You know The Great Ones at anything make what they do look easy, right? The hard work, let alone the 10,000 hours it took, only shows in that they’re invisible.

Equestrian sports are team sports in which a human athlete’s partner is: