Today was rather interesting.
I got to my lesson about five. I had to go out into the electric fence front pasture to get Sadie. I called for her. The pony Cocoa and the miniature Kiki both were far more interested than she was, but I walked out a good bit and kept calling and she whinnied and slowly walked to me.
While my instructor was finishing her other lesson I brushed her out, tacked her up, and made a mental note that she wasn't as huffing as much as she's been before.
Today she rode her own horse, and that helped a lot. I got some trotting in, and got to practice posting. I'm still far more comfortable sitting in a western saddle, but it was really my first time to get going.
Near the end she wasn't exactly behaving. She started to turn really barn sour and go /straight/ to the gate, and there was practically nothing I could do about it. I was using all my weight, leg aids, driving that snaffle the way I wanted, circled her, bended her, but she wanted home. Well, Kathy got out her lunge whip--I guess that's whatever it is--that big long thing that doesn't really hurt them.
She didn't have a problem trotting after that, but she still continued to mess around. Messing around, trying to go around her, while following my lead, it was a confusing mess. There's this large--I assume a giant /pole/. Practically a tree stump that's six feet or so tall. She brought me not in before into the fence or after into the fence but right into that pole, and when she moved my knee made a loud cracking, snapping sound and I was half off her. Crying a little, really thinking of cussing, I managed to pull myself back on and get off, really hurting quite a bit.
I am purple/red in several areas, and had some minor swelling underneath my kneecap. The issue with me is is that because of my nerve condition I don't swell. I broke my feet (two each) four times last year and I didn't swell once, so I don't really know how serious it is. I can put pressure on it, I have strength in it, so I don't think I tore anything major, but I may have torn somethng really tiny. Sometimes I can walk and sometimes it hurts like heck--I'm taking it easy now, going to go to the doctor's office for x-rays/MRI's tomorrow, and sadly I have to pass on Vacation Bible School tomorrow. =[
My trainer mentioned earlier--and she kind of discouraged me from buying. She said until I can pull myself up on that horse I really shouldn't be looking for one. For one, I'm using the ramp now and I don't feel too bad, but she should understand this is the first sport I've ever done and I'm trying to overcome my MD--and I am! But it's a lot of strength training and exercising. I emailed a seller and am extremely interested--especially after seeing the pictures she sent me. That just means I'm going to have to work hard, which I don't mind, but I feel shortchanged. She spoke about her need to accomodate--and "you won't want to spend 3-400 dollars boarding", and I really feel--I'm going to have to upgrade trainers anyways once I get to the level I need to be at, because mine doesn't specialize in English. So why not go ahead and do that really local English stable that's just that, and I can train there? Eh, either way. Hopefully if I get my strength up to get up without the help of a ramp (which I think I CAN do I just don't have the mentality there), and get some more money (and babysitting references) saved up, I can help push her in my direction.