Living with SCI, we become versatile in our plans and how access and do what some AB's take for granted. We become creative in finding ways to enjoy the life that we wanted, expected and hoped to live..or we allow restrictions to rule our life.
One year ago I won my medical negligence case against my doctor and this afforded me to be able to stretch my thoughts further to what I would like to do in the future in regards to employment. Keeping our mind busy and our bodies active is paramount for our wellbeing alone so with this in mind I decided to set up a business transporting horses across country.
Horses have long been my passion since being a child and was my hobby before my SCI so it seemed natural to focus on a business that would encompass my love of horses this way. I am a pretty astute business woman too so I felt this would work.
Since January, after we had completed and satisfied all the licencing etc, the company began transporting and I love it. I love visiting the different parts of the country and meeting different people and of course spending time with horses in the process. I have a driver who handles the horses although I often help load, on crutches but I tend to navigate and organise the business and submit the quotes for jobs.
The only thing that I need to be better organised with is my bladder maintenance because the lack of being able to predict road accidents and traffic congestion cost me a pretty annoying UTI for 3 weeks!
Dare I say it is a small price to pay for the satisfaction I get from this work, although I do realize that I must learn from this and prepare better in the future. Here is a pic of one of our clients! On camera in the horsebox
vintage, Indeed I will! kilg0retr0ut, a long day on the road does take its toll for sure so after 3 or 4 days I take a day just to rest. I take pain meds before I leave and then once during the day. I can feel soft tissue pain on both sides of my spine but it seems a small price to pay for the freedom I have and how much I enjoy the horses and getting to meet new people and see new places. Getting in and out of the horsebox is the challenge, I tend to need help.
This week there was a tough job, taking a horse to be euthenaised, travelling a horse on its final destination was not an easy task. He was old though and no doubt had health issues but its still upsetting, I am not sure if it helped him in any way but I sang to him all the way of the journey
tetra, I will think about that but I am hoping to stick to a better routine so I can avoid any further issues.
DJ, yes, horses are my passion, im very fortunate to have them in my life to enjoy.
I rode bareback with my neighbor friend on her mare when I was a child. She was 14 and I was 11. She said that I was so light the horse couldn't tell that I was on her. I'm sure the mare would beg to differ, but you get the drift. I' m so glad I got to have those experiences before my SCI.
My passion has always been Scuba Diving...I've been a diver over 50 years. With the progression of my Neuropathy, I have been making some changes in my diving style. I have been a very active Open Water Instructor however due to MY concerns with liability and how I'm perceived be new students seeing their instructor using a wheelchair or crutches.
As far as my scuba skills, I'm the same as before the NP set in. Beach dives are more difficult and I have to carry my crutches through out the dive. I prefer boat dives.
To keep in the teaching community I've embarked in creating an "Underwater Naturalist" program. I'm almost finished with the curriculum and will try to launch it within a month. The curriculum was a challenge and a great learning experience...Now comes the marketing and pricing schemes, I'm really going to need help here! I do have enough "word of mouth" interest to start the pilot program.
PS My Open Water classes just won't go away, have a student and 3 more in the wings and 1 advanced student!
I also love horses. This is a very cool job! Im still searching myself for a job I could do around my injury. Ive been considering some type of driving job because I find its good practice for sitting up, I go for drives sometimes as a way to get myself out of bed and working on my back/stomach muscles
So, it looks like you first transfer to the platform and then it pivots around so that you can get into the driver's seat. And then, you use electronics to raise the wheelchair into the van. Is that how it works?