A great opportunity, but a really hard first day.
So I have been given the opportunity to work with a reined cowhorse trainer. He broke his arm and needed someone to ride, so I volunteered. I'm getting paid and now have four horses under my responsibility out there, and also whatever else he needs such as cleaning stalls, moving cows, etc. I won't say his name since it's too public of a forum, but he is a big trainer and well respected on a world level.
I am grateful for this opportunity but today was hard. I rode two of his broke horses yesterday just so he could see me ride, and then he is having me ride four of the colts now. Two are getting along good, the other two are just barely started. We started in the morning to avoid the heat, and the first two broker horses weren't too much of a problem.
However, there's this little bay mare that I really like, who he was having me fence. She was so scotchy because she knew she was going to hit that fence after some time, and I wanted to lope her to the fence and then KEEP loping a couple times but he told me not to. We used to do that a lot to keep them from scotching, but I won't if he tells me not to. I had to push her with everything I had to keep her moving to the fence, and we still only got about two good stops. It was embarrassing, I felt like I should of done better. On one of our bad stops, I don't even know what happened, but I got a little unseated when she scotched and I felt this god awful cracking and stinging up my back and to my neck and my vision went black for a moment. I have NEVER felt something like that before, not even on horses who have gone all out bronc on me.
As the day went on, it got hotter and hotter. Now, I can't eat breakfast in the morning because it makes me sick sick sick, and I was dehydrated by this time. I actually started feeling dizzy. A couple crackers wasn't cutting it but I only had the two year olds left so I told myself that was fine, I could finish up. I got on the first filly and she was great. Had a hell of a time getting her loping, and the way the reins were made it hard to smack her butt, so tomorrow I'm bringing a long dressage whip instead. But she was quiet and sweet, and tried hard. Regardless, as soon as I stepped off of her I felt like hell...I felt every inch of my body hurt, and that is NOT normal for me. I normally will not get sore from riding except maybe at an all day show, but certainly not after only three horses...
Regardless, I got on the last one with the last bit of my energy, and could feel my back start to pop as we were trotting in the round pen. It was so strange. Went away after awhile, but I have no doubt it's because of what happened on that bay mare. This filly was good but she would slam on the brakes whenever she got confused, and was majorly buddy sour. Tomorrow we have new things to do. However I was so out of it towards the end of the ride that I felt like everything was spinning. My ears got all plugged up (Like when you go up in elevation you know, and you have to yawn or something so they pop?) only they didn't get right until about four hours after I had left that place. I couldn't hear right at all.
On top of this, on my rein fingers, I now have THREE giant blisters that I am terrified to pop because they're so big. And they hurt. LOL. I've only ever gotten rein blisters once in my life.
It was just strange. The horses weren't bad but I have never felt like this before, or been this injured feeling. I took some anti-inflammatories which have taken the pain away for now, and I will take some again before I go to sleep and once more in the morning before I go back. I don't want to be in that kind of pain again, and have to admit it to him.
I don't know what the point of all this is, but dang, I feel like such a wimp. I've never had this happen before and I am just shocked. I was fine until I just landed wrong on that scotchy stop...Just a little thinking out loud I guess.
I'd suggest going to the doctor, that sounds really strange.
Better safe than sorry?
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Yeah, I have an appointment with her later this week for something else, so I'm going to mention it. I feel fine now, but I've also had a bunch of ibuprofen. I'm riding with him again in the morning, so hopefully a lot of water and maybe a shake in the morning will help.
Oooo.... good luck at the new guys'!!! Sounds like a great opportunity!
I am old, so I easily relate to all your maladies. I think you were running on adrenaline in the morning, then you "crashed" from it later in the day, aside from dehydration and low blood sugar.
Can you please explain "scotchy"? We did not use that term in the Stone Age! Thanks.
Drink more water-wear leather gloves-I don't know what scotchy means either.
I'm a retired RN so please make sure to address this with your Dr.
Glad you are going!
The episode of your back cracking, stinging and then vision problems sound like a vertebral misalignment. So glad you didn't black out and fall. You'll want to really follow Dr guidelines with this one as it can become really bad really fast. Even something like a sneeze could move discs and vertebrae around more.
The ear popping thing is a real nuisance. It's usually an imbalance brought on by dehydration and heat combined with sinus pressure. Firstly, drink lots and try to stay away from sodas and caffeine. Water with some fruit juice is good. After each horse you've got to drink (at least a water bottle full of fluids) and take some snacks with you. Again- fruits offer you some additional fluid plus a quick acting sugar. At this point even mild blood sugar drops that you wouldn't even notice sitting at home can leave you feeling drained when you are working. If the fluids and simple sugars still don't alleviate the ear popping sensation, an OTC sinus medication (non-drowsy) can help. Remember though that these meds are designed to dry you up so even more drinking is required.
Your goal is to work a horse, take a break (drink, snack, run your head under a water hose, etc.) and pee each time. Your pee should be almost clear.
I know you really want to appear capable of doing this wonderful job; but you've got to take care of yourself. There's no shame in saying that you need a little longer to cool off or modify your day. From his stand point, he can't read your mind so as long as you are going at it, he will assume things are ok. It's much better to take lots of little breaks throughout the day rather than push it to the point where you or a horse gets hurt because you've ignored your body signals and now you're exhausted and can't think straight. Even Superman goes into the phone booth for a break now and then!
I hope the back/neck thing doesn't have you grounded for too long. This is quite an opportunity and I know we all look forward to hearing all about your day!!
I went today, and while I was SO sore, it was a steady soring pain instead of totally grounding like it was yesterday. I STILL didn't get that mare fenced...sigh.
Scotchy means she was anticipating the stop, and wanting to stop before she hit the fence. It makes not for a slide, but for more of a hop. I feel like I'm failing at it. I've fenced horses before but it's been years, since I stopped riding reiners, and never ones green to stopping like this mare. I hope I can get it. He seems to like everything else I'm doing, I'd hate to ruin it because I can't get this mare fenced and stopping. But that being said, who else is going to ride for him? He's already told me he's had eight girls out, and none made it through the test ride...There's just not that many people out here who are capable of actually riding, and while I'm not to the top caliber he is looking for I can sit a colt and keep them in shape until his arm is out of the cast.
I drank a lot more today which I definitely think helped, and stopped between horses to rest and sit.
On a side note, he said something that REALLY upset me today. One of the hands that worked there was talking about how she was happy people were being accepted as gay, and the guy scoffs and goes on a rant about how being gay is sick and an illness and a terrible thing. The girl sighs, and just says "you're so redneck." to which he responds, "Better than being gay."
Being bisexual, I had to keep my head down and just saddle the next horse. As if I didn't have enough emotional baggage. I hope these rants are infrequent, because I doubt I could change his mind. :/
I work in AC until about noon, then I work outside until... whenever we're done. The late afternoons get near and frequently over 100. I've convinced myself it's good for me! lol
I do drink quite a bit of water, and I also grab a couple small pretzels or other salty snack. Used to be able to get some "salt" pills called thermotabs. Those really helped. Some people I know can drink the sports drinks, but I can't keep one down. I think they are awful tasting. My stomach agrees.
I'm glad you are hanging in there. Definitely a good opportunity. Even putting up with his notions is good practice for the future. I'm sure you know he's not the only person you'll meet with whom you really don't agree.
I know that we won't agree on things, but it definitely can be frustrating, so I will bite my tongue and do as asked until I can get home and rant, :lol: Regardless I'm sure I will learn something. We are putting colts on the flag right now. We have a little peptoboonsmal filly who is freaking wicked on it already...She's my favorite!
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