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Carlos and star

From hospital to ex-racehorse, overcoming fear

How Carlos Pardo remembers his accident is in disconnected fragments. One moment, riding in a small schooling show in Ocala, Fla., aiming his horse at a jump, and the next, waking up in a hospital bed with his father beside him. His father, a horseman from a long generation of horse-owners, helped him piece together the story. His mount had spooked at something, possibly a backfiring trailer, while Prado was doing his class, and took off. Pardo fell out of the saddle and hit the ground, but a foot remained lodged in the stirrup. “I was dragged back to the […]