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post #11 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone.

When you ride a horse as long as I have Mr. Big Stuff, you develop a bond. (I'm sure I don't need to tell you guys that.) Even though I'll NEVER feel comfortable climbing on him again, I hated putting him down without giving him a chance because I remember all the good times. He came to me with problems and I was assured that it wasn't anything that I couldn't handle because basically he was an honest horse and not mean. He was a challenge to me and I loved rising to the challenge and using my mind to solve his issues. No matter our disagreements, (sometimes about what direction we'd go...LOL) he always gave 110% on the trail. I learned a lot from him about the need for consistency and being firm and always staying one step ahead of his wily little brain. Once he gave up trying to be the leader with me, he really became a partner --- on his good days. And by the time this happened, those good days far outnumbered the bad ones. Enough so that I felt safe on him.

So now he's going off with someone who may be a little less patient with him than I was. And maybe he needs that. He'll be ok if his brain is all right. He's never been stupid. He'll figure it out and he'll still give 110%. He's off on a new adventure.

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post #12 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 08:43 AM
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He is a lovely horse-I love your solution-he gets a chance & now it's in his court. And you know he won't just go to some unaware new owner. Hope you have a full recovery & yes, you deserve some spoiling. Please keep us posted, many of us are interested in your progress.
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post #13 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 08:57 AM
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Hag, he really is a lovely little beast, and I'm glad you've decided to give him another chance. I'm also happy that if he turns out to be dangerous, you're prepared to put him down rather than keep sending him down the road. Not fair to him or the people with whom he ends up.

Take your time and get well. Enjoy the chance to rest and be pampered.

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post #14 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 09:14 AM
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Glad to hear that you are doing better!

Also you made a tough but fair decision about your horse, for that, I commend you. I wish the both of you the best of luck!

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post #15 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 09:20 AM
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I'm really proud of you for the decisions you have made. I don't know if I could be so open minded about what needs to be done. You have given this horse every option.

I'm glad you are starting to heal. I hope to see you in the saddle again someday soon. Maybe on a kind and gentle TWH? (I am partial to walking horses). I'm thinking TWH because of the smoother gait which, once your OLD bones have healed, you may need.

I know, early early conversation. Ignore that and tell me, are there any good soap operas on these days? I used to love me some General Hospital...

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post #16 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 09:29 AM
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Thank you for the update. Continued positive thoughts and prayers for you and your family!
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post #17 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84 View Post
. I'm thinking TWH because of the smoother gait which, once your OLD bones have healed, you may need.
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post #18 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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ANOTHER setback! Grumble, grumble, grumble....

Thank y'all for your kind words. Most of the credit really goes to our vet who made us aware of this option. He spent a lot of time going over Big and talking with us (while other patients waited) and then refused to charge us for the visit. His comment: You guys spend enough money with me already!! I guess you know we'll be clients for life. LOL What a GREAT vet!

Another update. I just came back from the Drs. office where we got another little setback. My breathing has been worse for the last day or two and my right lung isn't fully filling with air in the bottom so we had to go for another x-ray. It's either another pneumothorax or fluid. We'll find out late this afternoon if it's something that will resolve itself, OR...as Dr. Buice said, he'll put me in the hospital, run me down to surgery, knock me out and stick in a video camera to see what the heck is going on. And then it's either back to a chest tube, or he'll aspirate fluid. So we wait. And I play on the computer while Jim is fixing my lunch. I keep telling myself it could have been a LOT worse. I'm actually pretty comfortable as long as I don't do anything that requires breath! LOL

I've stopped the prescription pain meds and I'm down to tylenol or advil - 22 days post wreck. I'm doing WAY good.

I asked and he said to play it safe and not think about getting on a horse for at least 3 months. He also said that I might not even feel like it then because I really wrecked my chest. There goes my October plan. Between the flail chest, ribs and sternum, he expects me to be dealing with pain issues for at least a year. HAH! He doesn't know the Johnson girls and their tough mama.... It takes a LOT to keep us down! He also gave me a referrel to an orthopedic surgeon for my shoulder for an evaluation.

So... I'm sitting and waiting and I'll let you know when I know. It is really wonderful to have friends who care and to whom I can reach out at any time of the day or night through this computer.
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post #19 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Now listen, GH. You leave FarmPony alone because she is thinking EXACTLY the same way I am. In Feb. I'll be 65 and I've already majorly damaged my framework. I'm looking for easy nature, easy gait, no danger, no issues. If I could find a horse with an easy button that worked, I'd buy it!

And FarmPony? It isn't early days. I've been cruising the horse ads online and driving my DH crazy. As he points out, it's WAY too early. I've always ridden a gaited horse (RMH, SSH, and Racking horses) so a nice, kind, granny safe TWH would be just what the Dr. ordered!

(I don't think General Hospital is still on. A few years ago my son gave me the complete, boxed set of Upstairs, Downstairs, so between that and Netflix, books and the computer, I've kept my brain busy!) Because I'm not doing anything, sometimes I fall asleep....and other times there is no way I can sleep because I haven't been doing anything. RATS!!!

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What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

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post #20 of 37 Old 08-06-2012, 02:18 PM
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i hope you, the doctors and your lungs can get on the same page and soon so you can get up and move more with little effort. but its amazing you are already on advil and tylenol.

as for big i know i am late but i hope this person has what it takes to work with him and keep him going as you did for the last 8 years. props to you for allowing such a chance to happen for this fella

as for october well i will stop my count down. just let me know when i should pick it back up ;)

feel better :)
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