You’ve have probably seen the video; millions have around the world. It became a viral sensation circling the globe but sadly without attribution – not a word to identify the amazing woman and her white horse.
The first time we saw the video, we at WARHorses decided to find this duo, put names to their mesmerizing video and understand the story behind their touching relationship. We took to the internet applying our best sleuthing skills determined to find these internet phenoms. We hit many dead ends but finally, finally we found them. Today WARHorses is pleased to share their story – meet Texan, Kirsten Klindworth and her Arabian gelding, Synbaadd, aka Cory.
Kirsten was born in South Africa moving to the U.S. when she was a toddler. Kirsten always loved horses and spent hours in the barn riding Bree, a Welsh pony, her first in a lifetime filled with special horses. Kirsten went to college, married and rode whenever she could. Then 5-year-old Cory came into Kirsten’s life, never could she have imagined just how important he would become.
Kirsten began to have trouble walking and standing and began to use a cane for support. She continued riding Cory while her mobility further deteriorated. Eventually diagnosed as having suffered a stroke in her spinal cord, Kirsten became confined to a wheel chair without use of her legs or lower body.
Despite her disability, Kirsten continued riding but became frustrated at her reliance on others to help her mount Cory. She consulted with her trainer, Francine Dismukes who had an idea. In short order, Cory was trained to lie down so Kirsten could mount him herself.