My Introduction to Riding
Hi There! My name is Emily Wendt, CEO and President of Rider’s Relief and this is my lovely horse, Ferdinand (aka Ferdi). I have been riding the majority of my life (over 30-years as an equestrian). When I was 11 years old, my best friend asked if I wanted to do a week-long horse camp at a nearby stable and I never looked back. Shortly after the camp ended, I started taking weekly lessons, then lessons 2x per week, then on to share boarding my first horse, and then owning my first horse and riding 4-6 days per week.
In high school, it was rare if I wasn’t riding 6-days per week and multiple horses each day. I competed at several different USEF AA rated shows around the country from ages 14-20 starting with Children’s Hunter and moving up to 1.10m Jumpers and Amateur Owner Hunter Divisions. I look back at every moment fondly, even the ones where I had to dust myself off and get back on again (IYKYK).
During my college years, we sold my horse and I decided to take a break from riding... fast forward two years when I realized taking a break from riding was not working for me, only this time, I had to fund my love of horses myself.
(Image: Emily and Ferdinand)
The Impact of Corporate America
After spending a few years trying to make money doing different jobs to keep my schedule flexible, I finally surrendered to the need for money and took a corporate desk job. I spent the next 15-years being a weekend warrior at the barn, riding only two days per week.
The transition from riding several days per week and multiple horses per day to sitting at a desk every day began to impact both my physical and mental health. My barn time was mainly controlled by my work schedule, but I also found myself making excuses why I couldn’t make it to the barn more often. I soon came to realize that as I got older, my aches and pains became chronic and my general anxiety (and riding anxiety) had dramatically increased in strength and frequency. I began to find it very difficult to keep a positive mindset about riding. I was stuck focusing on the “what ifs” instead of just riding and being in the present like my younger self.
My anxiety and pain was making me feel like a prisoner. I knew that I had to find something to alleviate my ailments and I started trying various treatments in search of real relief.
Over the next several years, I tried numerous treatments making sure I gave each one a real chance to make a difference in my life. At times it felt like a losing battle, that is, until I tried Nano-CBD...
(Image: Ferdinand and Mortimer the Pug)
Launching Rider's Relief
Nano-CBD was not some magic cure, but it provided me with real relief. Before I knew it, my chronic pains were dissipating and my confidence as a rider began to return. I knew I found a real solution when my life-long trainer told me that I was a completely different rider. I was transitioning back to the rider who knew they could handle any situation thrown at her.
I created Rider’s Relief Nano-CBD products for equestrians of all disciplines. Equine professionals keep their horses happy and healthy, but frequently neglect themselves. Unfortunately, our horse companions sense our emotions, discomfort, and fear. So neglecting ourselves, severely impacts their performance.
If you can relate to my story in any way, I urge you to learn from my search for relief as I know Rider’s Relief can change your life too. It's time you find real relief and ride on!
I am currently riding 3-4 days per week, my rides are now focused, I don’t get invasive “what if” thoughts on my way to the barn, I’m enjoying myself even when Ferdi has a “bit of fun”. Now when every ride ends, I feel like I learned something. Rider’s Relief has released me from the prison I was living in and I'm confident has the potential to help all of you as well!
(Image: The Mascot of Morty's Munchies)