Equestrian Lives in Lockdown: Abriana From the U.S

As we are coming to the end of our ‘Equestrian Lives in Lockdown’ blog series we hear from Abriana Johnson from North Carolina, USA. Here’s what she had to say…

I walked into work one day in late March to hear that I was an essential employee. I was handed a letter and an ID card and told it was for “if we get to the point where police stop you while you are on your way to work”. As a black woman in America, this triggered me on several levels. I was considered an essential employee by working at a veterinary hospital, but as the Pet Resort manager, all of my business’s services were deemed non-essential. I am over 6 people who may or may not have jobs in a month. The anxiety surrounding THAT in particular made me jittery, distant and slightly nauseous.

After the quarantine routine set in, I became more comfortable. Working for a large company has its perks and we were able to minimize the effect on our employees by catching up on training and cleaning. There was still an issue though. I didn’t want to seem selfish or ungrateful but I was actually jealous of people who were at home. Social media showed all of the projects people were completing that they didn’t have the time to do pre-quarantine. Many of my horse friends who have horses at home were riding more, working with their horses more. I can’t deny, I felt envious… thankful to have a job, but longing for a break. 

I have so many passion projects that have not received the attention I would like. My podcast, Young Black Equestrians The Podcast, as well as a side business could benefit from some undivided attention, but instead I am going to work, interacting with the public, and hoping for the best. When I did start working with my horse a bit more, I took a fall that ended with me going to urgent care and being sent home on crutches (just a sprain thankfully). Completely random incident that was not my horse’s fault, but prevented me from riding for over 2 weeks. 

I have a mix of emotions about this entire COVID experience. As a student who has studied One Health, the interdisciplinary study and collaboration of human, animal and environmental medicine, I can only hope our post-COVID normal is one that acknowledges our relationship with the environment and pushes a more holistic view of the human, animal and environmental triad.

You can follow Abriana on instagram @itstheajway and Young Black Equestrians The Podcast @youngblackequestrianstp

Make sure you check out the other blogs in this series from all over the world!

Equestrian Lives in Lockdown: Andrea from Australia

Equestrian Lives in Lockdown: Cristina in France

Equestrian Lives in Lockdown: Helen in Dubai.

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