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Tabula Rasa and Jenn Shaffer enjoy a lighthearted moment at the Pimlico Totally Thoroughbred Show. Photo by

How a dangerous horse pulled her from despair

Over four short weeks in December 2009 Jenn Shaffer had become unmoored. The breakup with her boyfriend and the loss of the home they shared, the sudden loss of her job, and then the death of her beloved horse; now she sat in a friend’s apartment feeling shipwrecked. So devastated, so dazed, while contemplating where to turn next, she suddenly understood why people contemplate and sometimes even do the worst thing imaginable. To themselves! “I wouldn’t have done it myself. But I understood it in those moments why people commit suicide,” she says. That’s when her friends, her really good […]