Paralyzed Horse Rider Shares Why Her “Faith In God Has Grown”
Amberley Snyder was turned upside down when she crashed her truck on Jan. 10, 2010. She was ejected, hit a fence post and ultimately was paralyzed from the waist down. That’s when her title of the world champion in horseriding was stripped from her. Since then, she has been determined to get back onto the saddle and keep riding in any way with her beloved horses. While at it, she’s found comfort in our loving God.
“My faith in God has grown. I needed to depend on Him for strength when times were the hardest or even when I still have days of challenges. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am without my family, friends and God,” Snyder told On the Rodeo Road.
Snyder says her faith was not as strong as solid prior to the accident as it is now after the accident.
“I had it but my faith was not as strong as I could have been. In my life, rodeo was the first thing I thought of when I woke up and the last thing when I went to bed. I couldn’t imagine life without it and never thought I would ever have to.”
Opposing doctor’s advice, she refused to give up the saddle. Just 18 months after the accident, was back into competitive barrel racing. She says her horses have adapted completely to her routine of saddling up. They’ve learned to ignore her legs and focus only on her upper body.
Although she’s struggled and has endured much pain and suffering, Snyder now does motivational speeches in addition to barrel racing.
I am so excited I might have cried… This is the FIRST buckle I have won since my paralyzing car accident 6 years ago! To make it even more special I won the 1D and on my little horse Legacy which is the first horse I’ve trained without my legs! This just made me realize that even though I’m strapped to my saddle, even though I can’t kick, even though I am in a wheelchair I can still train a barrel horse!
Life has a way of throwing us curve balls, obstacles and trials that we didn’t anticipate. It happens to all of us, big or small, those challenges are inevitable. Now I won’t begin to tell you that the challenges I have faced have been easier or harder than anyone else’s, but I will tell you these challenges have shaped me into what I am today. There were definitely moments that giving up crossed my mind, but I am so thankful I didn’t. I would have never accomplished what I have if giving up had been my final decision.
Hang in there! You can keep going too! You are tougher than you think, you are stronger than you know! There is never a future in giving up!
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