Saturday we woke up and decided to ride Dry Creek, it is between Calhoun, GA and Lafayette GA. It is a very nice place to ride and only 40 minutes from home.
We parked in the great parking lot and unloaded, saddled up. I use a Cheating rock/log/bank/trailer bumper when I get on... I use to be fatter and needed it because I couldn't get on, now I probably could but I have gotten use to cheatin so I still do!
Anyway, I pulled Maci up to my trailer bumper and she got really, really close to the bumper, I also had tied my big winter coat onto the back of my saddle along with the saddle bags with lunch. All I can figure is my usual uncoordinated klutzy self I over compensated with the very close to the bumper and large coat, when I swung my leg over, my Maci stepped aside and I found myself with my head up near her head and my body holding on to her neck,... I lost the battle with gravity... I ended up on the ground. It was a slow motion fall because I was holding on to her neck. I ended up on my back, laid there a second thinking... "is anything hurt?? No!!" so I got up. Hank (hubby) had caught Maci a bout 10 feet away. He didn't see what happened. When I got up my knee gave a slight twinge but that was all. I got on and away we went.
About 2 hours into our ride we stopped for a coffee break, we got off the trail and tied up in the woods. When I stepped off my right leg/knee gave way and I basically ended up on the ground again. I hobbled down to the trail by holding onto the trees. I walked up and down the trail trying to walk it off. If my foot was perfectly flat and the knee was perfectly pointing straight it would hold my weight, but any bit of twist on the foot or knee made it totally give way. Hubby helped me up a bank with small trees to hold on to, he then brought my Maci up to me to get on. Maci was an angle standing so good while I crawled on.
We rode about 2 more hours and found a pretty stream to build a fire and eat our lunch. When it was time to get off, I tied up in the trail instead of off trail. Hank came and stood behind me as I got off to help hold me up. Thank goodness for that!!! I practically crawled to a slight bank beside where he was building a fire to eat. I could NOT put any weight at all on my leg, in fact while I was sitting I tried to move it and I couldn't move it unless I physically grabbed my pants leg and moved it that way. It was swollen above the kneecap, (the kneecap was barely sore).
While we ate lunch I worried about how in the world I was going to get on, and ride because it was really starting to hurt! Thankfully I had some Advil and took some. After a good lunch of chicken and dumplings in our thermos, sandwich (for Hank) and applesauce. Hank toasted me a marshmallow over the fire.. Yummy!
Hank packed everything up, put saddle bags on the horses. Helped me hobble to the bank of a creek. I crawled up the bank, it has small trees to hold on to and positioned myself.. he brought Maci over and led her into the creek and I once again crawled on. By this time riding was starting to hurt, but I couldn't tell my worry wart husband how bad it hurt.
We got back to the trailer about 2 hours later. He helped me down and untacked everyone, loaded them up and drove us home. AT the barn I hobbled around, as long as I took it slow and kept my foot/knee perfectly straight and flat I could go SLOW. But several times I almost fell thankfully I could grab on to something.
That evening I took drugs and was sound asleep by 7:30. The next morning I got up to go to church and could hardly walk, but if I used a cane I could go although very slow and carefully!!!
After church I did the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for the whole afternoon/evening and today Monday it is MUCH better. I had planned to go to the doctor but now I am not. The swelling has gone down and my knee doesn't give out from under me. The knee is not hurting much at all, what hurts is the muscle running from my knee up my thigh. As long as I walk SLOW and easy I am fine..
I have got to make this leg all better because we are having snow/ice starting this evening thru Thursday. Then it is suppose to warm up and be pretty next Saturday and I just gotta ride!!!!
Just love this crazy North Georgia Weather!!!
Everyone keep your fingers crossed that my knee/leg is ok and just a muscle pull!!