Even horses we have had for a while surprise us. I have had my mare for some time, yet the other day I find she is randomly lame. Its nothing that I could have predicted, or stopped and I don't know when I will be able to ride her again, nor do I know what is wrong. These things happen in the horsey world all the time.
Being a lawyer in my day job, from 9 to 5 I am risk averse, but, when it comes to horses I am a raving lunatic that will shoot for the lamest maddest thing I can find. But at least you could say when you do that, you kinda know what you are getting. I didn't know my mare would go lame, but what I do know is that these things happen and I refuse to stress or panic about it.
Instead, I have my lovely Arab coming on beautifully and a potential horse in for some behavioral rehab in the coming weeks. There is always a silver lining to these things and I intend to make the best of it. That's horses after all and us horsey folk are all marginally MAD. I find the best way to deal with something like this is to just roll with it, smile and remember that no-one died.