With deepest Gratitude & Love, Thank you

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On the evening of June 4th 2013, Robin Gates (Liberty Horse Training) was severely kicked in the face by her horse (Red). She was found unconscious in the paddock and rushed to the nearest hospital. She was then immediately airlifted to Stanford Medical Center where she remains in treatment.

Robin sustained multiple facial fractures, a broken shoulder and a few broken ribs. Luckily she has no neurological or brain damage. Today (Monday, June 10th) she will undergo facial reconstructive surgery. If all goes well, she will be released from the hospital in a few weeks and begin what is expected to be a 6 month journey to a full recovery.

Robin is in remarkably good spirits and still has her sense of humor intact. She is an amazing example to us all.

Now for the bad news . . . at the time of the accident, Robin was not covered by Health Insurance. The cost of her medical transport, care, surgery and rehabilitation is yet unknown, but estimated to be well over $100,000. Robin and her husband Neil need our help. Calling all angels . . . we need your donations (none too small) to support this dynamic teacher of life, love and wisdom who has touched us all so deeply and in so many different ways.

We will keep you updated on Robin's progress here so check back often. Please leave your comments, blessings, insights and inspirations for she will be reading them and feeling your support.

With Gratitude and Love ~ Suzen Dyslin
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A letter from Robin . . .

On June, 4th 2013 I had an experience which changed my life. An event I can't recall which catapulted me into a profound time of stillness, surrender, patience, gratitude, and respect for the miracle of being alive.

It happened during an evening feeding. My neighbors were running heavy machinery near my barn and my horse Red startled and took off, kicking out just as I was leaning down to pick up some buckets. Apparently, his hoof caught me on the side of my face and I was thrown backwards and hit the corner of the shelter with the back of my head. I was found unconscious by my husband Neal and was taken to the local hospital then airlifted to Stanford University. I have no memory of any of this.

Before the accident the pace of my life had accelerated. I was doing what I loved but I had forgotten to take care of myself. I had stopped listening to the quiet inner voice reminding me of my deeper needs, the need to pay attention to my own body and its requirements for rest and rejuvenation. So life in the form of my precious horse kicked me in the head. I was knocked unconscious. My face was shattered, my jaw was broken, my skull was fractured, my brain was bleeding, and I was hovering in darkeness between life and death.

As I lay unconscious you were there holding me. Before I'd even arrived at Stanford Hospital unbeknownst to me an international prayer channel had opened. Your prayers, love, and money for medical bills came pouring in. In the still, dark place in which I was suspended, helpless to do anything but surrendering completely, I received the healing energy from your hearts to mine. I was to live.

I have been given a direct experience of the kindness of the human heart and of the healing power of love. Special thanks to Suzen, clearly an angel in my life, who initiated the "GoFundMe" call for help. Your response was astounding.

Although I cannot thank you individually, please know that my gratitude is beyond words and includes each of you. Thank you for caring. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your financial support. Having experienced this level of grace, my life cannot possibly ever be the same.

I know that many of you were shaken and confused by what happened to me. Naturally, fear gets triggered. "If it happened to Robin, it could happen to me." Yes, as always, pay attention to your fear and stay connected to your instincts. But do know that this event was part of MY journey and somehow necessary for me to enter this next stage of my life.

Healing from a severe concussion is a challenging process. Initially quiet and stillness was all my brain could handle. I had sustained a shock to my whole system and had to allow my entire being to heal.

True healing, as I am learning, is receptive and patient. It too comes in the context of relationship rather than will. I had to surrender to not knowing, to not planning, and to trusting my deeper guidance. Just as I had learned to gently and respectfully enter into the horse's experience I now have to quietly and gently enter into relationship with my own inner healer.

No account of my healing process would be complete without the acknowledgement of my husband Neal. His unending devotion and tenderness in caring for me has taken our 45 years of love and partnership to a level beyond which neither of us ever imaged.

To be the recipient of such demonstrations of human caring and connection is perhaps the greatest gift I have ever received. The experience of this has become a transforming presence in my life, allowing me to be with my healing process bathed in the energy of light, love and gratitude.

Now here I am. It's been one year and I am moving forward into the next chapter of my life. I am excited. I am delighted. I am moving at the speed of guidance.
May 31, 2014
January 22, 2014
Video taken on May 30, 2014
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Here is a picture of Robin taken about a week ago. Notice the smile! Last Monday, Robin went back to Stanford (your donations made that possible!!!) and had all the metal wiring in her jaw and face taken out. The procedure and its effect are painful but signify a milestone in her process of healing. It may be several weeks before she is able to eat solid foods, see without blurred vision, or have no dizziness when moving about the house, but Neil (husband of 40+ yrs and love of her life) and been no less than amazing in his love, support and caring for her. He is now an expert in creating healthy and delicious meals in a glass and reads emails to her when she is unable to see clearly. We love you SO much Neil!!!
Robin's healing continues to be a long road to a full recovery yet through it all Robin "shines" as an amazing example of the options we have when facing negative situations in our lives.
Robin says "this is powerful and life-changing for me. I am learning many deeply profound lessons in all of this. I am tremendously thankful for all of you and feel your support every day. My silence, in NO way reflects the depth of my gratitude as I have only a thimble-full of energy these days and am unable to thank you directly, I want you to know that I feel your support and it IS making a difference ~ thank you!"

You can send e-mails to Robin at robingates2@gmail.com

Blessings to all of you ~ Suzen Dyslin
Photo of Robin take about a week ago.
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Here is a picture of Robin a week ago while in the hospital and before her surgery. She was resting peacefully at the time. She though you might like to see it.
Robin in the hospital (6/7/2013)
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Hello All~

I spent the afternoon with Robin today (lucky me!!), and I want to share with you.

With the recent trauma to her face clearly evident, swelling and bruising uncomfortable and tight, and pain intense at times, the words that slur through her swollen lips are not words of misfortune they are words of gratitude and love.

"This is an opportunity for a deeper understanding of life. There was a time when I did not want to continue. I did not want to stay in this body. I could feel something calling me back, to stay. I believe it was the prayers of all the people who care about me. I want to tell them how powerful they are; to thank them and tell them I am grateful to be alive. It saddens me that I have had to cancel seminars that were scheduled. I will miss working with people I love" ~ Robin

Thank you all ~ Sue

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Judy Carter
66 months ago

Get well soon Robin. I am so sorry this happened to you. Your accident is a reminder to me to be careful around my horse at all times.

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Kerry Barnes
66 months ago

Glad she is home and let the healing begin.

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Stephanie Morse
66 months ago

Please check into the equestrian aid foundation. They were created for situations like this. www.equestrianaidfoundation.org

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Susan Lucey
50 months ago

You are my private dance partner (I'm the horse :) Wishing you all the best healing! I am a future student this year I hope. Good luck

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Christina Paterson-Jones
54 months ago

Only just heard a few days ago that you had been hurt - I participated in two of the WHR courses. I'm sending you all kinds of angels, positive healing thoughts and prayers for a complete and perfect recovery. Bless you for what you do.

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Virgina Harrison
54 months ago

Robin, You have been on my mind, and I stumbled upon the story of your accident about a month ago. Bob and I decided to make a contribution, but we have been so busy--one of our daughters is getting married---so I was going to make sure I finally did it today. What serendipity. I got an email of your story just as I was sitting down to make my contribution. We wanted our contribution to let you know how important your introduction of the Carolyn Resnick Method has been for us. We loved the two Clinics we attended of yours, as well as I loved the one afternoon I spent at your ranch learning the Waterhole Rituals. Your and Carolyn's teachings opened up a route back to the special connection I had had with my horse as a child. As a child one does not question things, and just is with the horse. As a adult, and in the world of more formal English lessons and Pony Club that my daughter entered, it seemed that the "real" world with horses was more "professional". But it always troubled me that horses seemed more viewed as vehicles, and a means to an end--the Pony Club ratings, or ribbons or placings at horse shows. I tried to inspire my daughter with a spiritual connection with her horse. We remained backyard horse people without taking the horse to a trainer's barn where we were the ones to feed daily, muck stalls, and handle our horses daily. I read about Natural Horsemanship, Monty Robert, the Parelli Method, John Lyons, and various other practioners. But you and Carolyn captured the spirit of my childhood the best. As a child, my friends and I would go off bareback on rides for the day, just us and the horses riding trails. Part of that period was spent as summers in Kenwood where my parents had a summer cabin. When I stumbled over your web site with Hood Mountain, and Sugerloaf in the background and you playing with your horses in a pasture in the foreground, I just had an awesome sense that I had found what I was looking for. Thank you for all your teaching, writing and your wonderful web site with its superb videos that I watch periodically for re-inspiration. And I was especially thrilled to receive your email today with a description of what happened to you. Of course, I wondered. Even before I heard the explanation of your accident today, I have thought about those hooves as I pass behind my horses doing chores in the paddock, knowing that a sudden spook could cause them to reflexively kick out. I have seen it happen. Funny that I have had those thoughts even before I received your email. I am taking to heart your insight to think about the pace of my life, the need to not get so caught up in daily demands and hurrying to meet all the obligations, but the need to take time out to nurture myself, too. Again, thanks. Sincerely, Virginia Harrison and Bob Harrison

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Gina Cervantes
54 months ago

Dear, Dear Robin, Best wishes. Sending positive thoughts and energy your way.

Judy Carter
66 months ago

Get well soon Robin. I am so sorry this happened to you. Your accident is a reminder to me to be careful around my horse at all times.

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Kerry Barnes
66 months ago

Glad she is home and let the healing begin.

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Stephanie Morse
66 months ago

Please check into the equestrian aid foundation. They were created for situations like this. www.equestrianaidfoundation.org

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