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    10-24-2012, 04:23 AM
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Unhappy Keeping my horse going while I'm broken

Well, my 9yo tb gelding Mitch has been going really well lately and I'm soo proud of him, in just two rides so far he's gotten the hang of leg yielding with the aid of a fence to go along, and he shows off, he really loves it and is such an awesome boy. It has just come into spring, so he is being brought back into work in the past few weeks, and we completed a 3 day showjumping course 2 weeks ago (lets not go there my riding was atrocious, but he was sooooo honest!)

Pretty much this season is our "knuckle down and train seriously" season pre-uni.

So, last night, perfect behaviour, leg yielding like a beginner champ, everything was primo... Till mums horse broke my foot after I got off my horse.

Mums horse reared up on me (long story) and come crashing down on my foot, breaking it in at least two places that they have found so far. There are loose fragments floating about, so I am out of action and on crutches for up to 4 weeks

NOOOOOO!!! Mitch was just starting to build up a topline and go amazingly, why now!!

So for the next few weeks I'm stuck in one of these, and on crutches

(not my leg, but exact same boot)
GAAAAAAH I just want to scream

So what can I do with him, if anything, to keep him building up muscle, or at least maintaining what we have built up? Or do I just leave him out until I'm healed up? Because at this stage getting somebody else to ride him for me is not possible (where I live, time of year, only capable people I trust have horses of their own)

-Honestly, I'm not against just clambering on and doing what I can in the walk, the problem is getting off, as he is 16.1hh.

-I also am going to need help to seperate him daily from my mums slapper of a mare, because I can't control two horses at once with only one foot, even though one is an angel of a horse to work with.

PS, Mitch doesn't lunge well, he is fine for long enough to stretch him out, but he is a "left-brained extrovert" I think he was called, and he just gets too bored and frustrated with circles then he gets naughty and won't concentrate or do as he's told, which will result in no progress and me getting dragged around the paddock.

Ideas anybody? Or do I just leave him out for a few weeks
     
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    10-24-2012, 08:48 AM
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Ouch! Sending healing vibes to you. I know you said there isn't anyone else who can ride, but why not try to find a friend to ride? Why give up on that idea so quickly (unless you've already tried) People's schedules change all the time, keep asking. Times like this, it's best to let yourself heal rather than risking further injury which will delay your recovery. I wouldnt worry about the horse and getting him worked for now. Concentrate on yourself so you can get back in the saddle faster!
     
    10-24-2012, 09:32 AM
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Trained
Just let him be and concentrate on getting healed. It won't take anytime at all to catch him back up once you're back to 100%.
AlexS, Horsnaround64 and boots like this.
     
    10-24-2012, 10:08 AM
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Green Broke
Lunging with a saddle and draw reins maybe?
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    10-24-2012, 08:48 PM
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Trained
In hand work! You can not only keep, but build plenty of topline doing in hand work or doing the same work sitting on him. There's a book that may or may not still be in print, but it explains the concept very well. It's called "Right From the Start". It's a book geared toward training a soft, sane, balanced young horse. It's perfect for your situation. I used it last year when I was trying to transition my horse to barefoot and couldn't ride him much. I think he had a nicer back on him then than any other season.
     
    10-25-2012, 12:13 AM
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Wetrain, I might be able to find somebody to ride him on weekends for me, but she has 3 other horses in work so I'm keeping my fingers crossed, that just leaves the other 5 days

Dream, I think I'm going to have to for atleast the next week till I can maybe walk him inhand or something, which really sucks because he was going beautifully and I was so proud of him for picking up leg yielding so quickly (especially because I'm learning it too!)

Mango, I can't lunge him much at all he just gets too bored, if I put any type of reins on him, when he gets bored he fights them and won't work the right way in them.. and he gets bored very quickly :( (I've tried this with lunging systems and whatnot)

MyBoy: I would, but as of yet I can't walk on it, i'm gimping around in the boot for like 2 minutes without my crutches before I have to stop and put it up, its still so swollen that the nerves are pinched and tingling >:( (I'm not happy!!)


Ugh, it's only been like 2 days and this is already driving me insane, the crutches are killing my hands and the boot is so dang heavy!!
I managed to get out there to feed him last night and he was very loving towards me and my boot but he is still paddocked with the culprit of this -_-
     
    10-25-2012, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
Just let him be and concentrate on getting healed. It won't take anytime at all to catch him back up once you're back to 100%.
This. 4 weeks is no time, and your body needs to heal that foot right. Work it too hard, and you'll slow the process - or even worse, you'll do damage. You do NOT want to end up with a wonky foot!




Speaking as one with a broken arm and no riding too - so you have my empathy as well as sympathy:)
     
    10-25-2012, 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
This. 4 weeks is no time, and your body needs to heal that foot right. Work it too hard, and you'll slow the process - or even worse, you'll do damage. You do NOT want to end up with a wonky foot!




Speaking as one with a broken arm and no riding too - so you have my empathy as well as sympathy:)
I suppose I'm just stressing because 4 weeks time my exams start and then I may not have time to work him as he needs and deserves(he comes galloping at the sight of a bridle)
I've got it up and resting as much as I can when I don't have to move around, at the moment all I'm doing is swinging around school on those demon crutches, only putting weight on when I have to since its only days old.

Hehe, the rest of my body is wonky anyway! I have scoliosis, my spine also twists on the way down, my right ribs are splayed, left are hunched together, one side of my pelvis is smaller and rotated forwards so I'm used to being wonky, not that I want to be any more wonky!!

Ohh no! Tis the season for it though it seems, how much longer are you out for?
     
    10-25-2012, 01:48 AM
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I just want to say, I am so glad he only broke your foot, not your back or head.

YOu have such a lighthearted attitude. I'd be a crabby old thing having non-stop pity parties.
     
    10-25-2012, 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I just want to say, I am so glad he only broke your foot, not your back or head.

YOu have such a lighthearted attitude. I'd be a crabby old thing having non-stop pity parties.
*she.. My mums mare not my gelding and yes I definitely am lucky, that's why I'm not crabby(yet, its only been 2 days). I was wearing a helmet when it happened and I'm very lucky I stepped back when I did, I dread to think what would have happened if it had been my head or back.
     

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