As a really successful season of competing is winding down and heading into Regional and National Finals it has all come to a screeching halt. Whole summer of battling my own health issues as I try to compete made it tough enough. And now the worst has happened.
Zena, my back up penning and main sorting horse was injured Saturday when I was gone. We will never know for sure what happened but she has severe nerve damage to her face and a badly injured neck. Look like she ran full tilt into a plank fence and is lucky she didn't break her neck. As it is she is out for 3-6 months now and the nerve damage may never fully heal. No idea why a calm easy going horse ran herself into a fence that hard.
And last night Fred, the top horse, was suddenly packing a front leg. Bowed tendon. He was fine on Wednesday night when I excercised him. Again no idea what happened but we did have some bad thunderstorms roll through after I rode and yesterday. And he is a bit silly and high strung.
Looks like I will be finishing out the season on borrowed horses as I manage the injuries on my own. I thank my lucky stars that there are so many good people involved in the sport that I do.
What a week...as the rain literally pours down.