Waitangi Notebook Seriously Injured in Pasture Accident

Lynn Symansky and Waitangi Notebook at the Virginia Horse Trials. Photo by Kate Samuels. Lynn Symansky and Waitangi Notebook at the Virginia Horse Trials. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The eventing community is rallying around Lynn Symansky and her team after Waitangi Notebook suffered a severe pasture injury yesterday. Lynn said via Facebook that the prognosis is not good, and we’re currently awaiting more news. “Mouse” is Lynn’s talented Intermediate/two-star partner who she’s brought all the way up through the levels from Novice, finishing the 2013 season with a sixth-place finish in the Virginia CCI2*.

Jennie Brannigan posted the following on Facebook: “Thinking of Lynn tonight… These horses are so tough on are hearts. Thank god for all the good things they bring us and the support group this sport creates… Praying for you and your pony.” Well said, Jennie.

From Lynn’s Facebook:

Life loves to throw curve balls when you’re never expecting them. Mouse had a bad pasture accident today and prognosis not looking very good for her. Thinking of my awesome little Waitangi Notebook…I love all my horses but she’s truly one of those special 1 in a million types.

Update from Lynn [1:47 p.m. EST]: Thanks to everyone for your outpouring of well wishes. It means so much to be supported in times of disappointment rather than just success. I wouldn’t trade this horse community for anything in the world. Just went to say goodbye to Mouse… I head for Ocala tomorrow and not sure what will happen. She made it through the last 24 hours and is doing as well as she could be. A big thanks to Piedmont for taking such good care of her through surgery and aftercare, and Dr. Johns for her support. The nature of her injury is severe and she’s looking at a tough road ahead, but she’s the toughest horse I’ve ever had so if anyone has a chance of fighting this it’s her. Give all your horses a hug and treat on behalf of Mouse.

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