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ANN ROMNEY credits horseback riding for almost eliminating her symptoms from multiple sclerosis!

I’m sure many of you read the article about Ann Romney’s horse qualifying for the Olympics in Dressage.

Here is the direct link written by Shushannah Walshe

Yay! Great news!

Not only is qualifying for the Olympics great for Ann Romney (as well as the other owners of the horse Rafalca), but it is great for horsepeople in general.  As so many have surmised, should Ann’s husband get into the White House,  having a horse lover’s head on the pillow next to the President could be a very good thing.

Ann Romney’s horse, Rafalca, qualified for the Olympics in Dressage. (Ann is Mitt Romney’s wife)


But for me, Ann’s horse qualifying for the Olympics has a different twist to it…

You see, as I read the above cited article, my eyes focused on this graph:

Romney is avidly involved in the expensive world of dressage, sometimes known as “horse ballet,” and credits horseback riding for almost eliminating her symptoms from multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 1998

“Horses are amazing teachers,” said Romney, who visited with other patients who like her use riding as therapy. “I love these wonderful, sweet companions that teach us so much.”

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Having THAT kind of a horse advocate sharing a pillow with the President (should he win) would be a boon for horses everywhere!

It takes that kind of thinking to elevate the awareness of the plight of these sentient creatures.

Ann Romney and Rafalca. It isn’t just the Dressage aspect…it is that she credits horses with helping her through MS.


I’m not too political but I do recognize advocacy when I see it.  I kinda think Ann Romney feels she owes her continued health to these wonderful creatures.  I think she sees what horses give to humans.  I think she sees a value and a hook – a virtue, a commerce piece that others will comprehend and stand behind.

I kinda think that underneath the Olympic Dressage and the MS advocacy platform, Ann Romney got bitten by the horse bug and she truly sees the value of these beings.

I hope she feels the desire to give back… I kinda think she does.

I think her beautiful horse could help ambassador all horses via tapping into the mainstream and teach the masses how horses matter – not just elite athletes, but those in Therapeutic Riding schools and in little/big girls’ hearts…


THIS JUST IN! (6/27/12)

This story was in my inbox after I had posted the above.

My only comment is that I am guessing there might be more to the story since Ann Romney is only one of the owners of the horse in question.  In my personal experience, my trainer would ask the vet to do things to my show horses that I wasn’t aware… which is one reason I no longer show.

So, my decision on Ann is still open until I learn – if possible – her actual involvement with the drugs and the sale of this horse.  I would like to think that this lawsuit opened her eyes.  However, she is still using the same trainer, so who knows.

Here is a very controversial article regarding Ann and one of her other horses.

Ann Romney’s Horse Lawsuit-Over Drugging a Lame Horse to Sell It

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