American Cowgirl

Honoring the Spirit of Women and Horses

Back to riding with double lung transplant

Melanie Pierson riding her horseMelsanie riding her horse - front viewMelanie and her horse








I am 51 years old, a songwriter, writer and rider. Seven months ago I had a double lung transplant. One of the first questions I asked the surgeons before signing on for this, was, “Will I be able to ride again?” The operation was a success. I am back in the saddle. I wrote about the months waiting for the transplant. And then I wrote about my best friend and horse breeder in California, for whom, on my birthday, she send me a kind, compassionate and beautiful black Morgan gelding.

I am riding again. I am breathing and riding and where I was once tethered to an oxygen tank I am now tacking my horse, showering him and riding four times a week. You can see some video at or read about this lovely gift from Susie Solomon and other stories at

Well, I hope someone somewhere can be inspired and know there can be beautiful days ahead even when it is barely too much to draw a single breath. Thank you for this documentary. I thought I would share my story with you, too.
Best, Melody Pierson
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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