Thanks Amy and Celeste. Hubby is very ill and has been since last August. Ugh....going to Houston for more tests Wednesday. Sat all day in an ER in Houston with him Tuesday after returning home Monday at 1:00 pm. I had went directly to the hospital to see Mom.
My little granddaughter was here tonight...OMG she is like the Tasmanian Devil...stuff is flying out behind her as she goes. She is a live wire.
Going riding in the morning with my cousin Kellie. She is off tomorrow thank Goodness!!! I have the Brenderup hooked up and ready to go. We are going to try to ride Saturday evening and Sunday morning. I didn't have a cake this weekend thank Goodness. Praying it doesn't rain!
Denise, sorry to hear that illness is plaguing your family.. I hope everyone gets straightened out asap! Enjoy your saddle time, as it sounds like you need it.
I got back in the saddle yesterday for the first time since my unplanned dismount. My leg is still far from back to normal, but I figured if I could make it thru a day at work, I was sure going to try riding. Took Dream out and was surprised to find that posting the trot was no problem whereas cantering was uncomfortable. Fortunately, I don't think the swelling in my thigh was any worse after riding and it actually helped the swelling in my ankle (which felt totally normal for the first time after the ride.. only lasted a couple hours but I will take what I can get!).
The weather has been perfect here - upper 70s, sunny, light breeze, low humidity. May I order this weather for the rest of the season please?!
Plan to get back on Gamer this evening, when DH can be around to assist me.
07/15/13 dream 25.82 miles 7.0 mph 549.24 total miles
07/20/13 george 99.71 miles 6.3 mph 648.95 total miles
07/24/13 dream 10.01 miles 7.1 mph 658.96 total miles
07/31/13 gamer 0.07 miles 2.7 mph 659.03 total miles
08/15/13 dream 12.24 miles 6.1 mph 671.27 total miles
Denise, Wow! I am so sorry about all the things happening with your family. I think its safe to say that next time you decide to go out of town, yo should probably take them all with you! They can't function without you around :)
Phantom- I always love your pictures!! Good luck getting back on Gamer, let us know how it goes! Don't over do it if you are still sore, especially since it sounds like there is still swelling!
Whiskey's temp was 102 even this am! Woo hoo! Lowest its been, so I think we are finally on the mend. He is starting to get real irritated with being up. Today is day 3 of 7, so he still has a ways to go. I let him chill out in the round pen and graze while I did his stall. He is usually neat and tidy, but I think the stress of being up for so long is making him antsy. He has obviously been walking circles... today2.jpg
He enjoyed his time in the round pen and actually met me at the gate begging when he saw I had his antibiotics he's so weird
And he is back to holding up a leg in excitement while eating, so I think by this time next week I will have a healthy horse on my hands. Cough is still persistent though. But I think mine hung around for a bit after my bout of pneumonia last year too.
thanks for the kind words - my mom is a little better. I wish Hubby was!
I did get to get out and ride today. I rode just short of 7 miles in the woods with my cousin, Kellie. We rode down the right of ways where there is huge machinery. Biscuit totally ignored the machines and was an absolute angel on the trails. Not so much when I first got to the barn. He walked off from me and refused to let me catch him Ugh. I hadn't seen them but once for a few minutes in 9 days. I had to get Jamie to haul me back down to the pasture with the feed and trapped him in the little corral. Once I gave him treats he was like "oh...yeah...I remember you!"
I was swatting spiders out of the trees when this happened...
I flung a spider on Kellie 2.5 years ago and just rolled because she screamed like a 4 year old girl. Hahahahha I was screaming like a 2 year old today when this huge spider landed on me and I beat the snot out of it with my crop. I had squished guts all over me
We did quiet a bit of trotting today and really enjoyed our ride. I can't wait til I can start going by myself.
I left my trailer right by the horses pasture in the right of way. I want Biscuit to totally ignore it whether it it coming or going or just sitting there. After unhitching it I took his saddle pad up to the barn and cleaned it (it stunk so bad with sweat UGH) and then drove back down to their paddock. He came right up to me to get a treat - acting like he didn't see the Brenderup. That was a good thing!!!
Beautiful view Dawn! It's nice to be back in the saddle, but 15 days and you leg is still swollen? That's a long time for injury, are you sure there was no break?
While I can't say for sure there is no hairline fracture as I never had it radiographed, I simply cannot believe I would be able to walk/run/ride/work on a broken femur (or ankle, as that is still swelling too). I think the muscle was just that profoundly injured that the swelling is still working its way out and that the lymph return for my whole leg is out of whack (by the end of a day on my feet, I have pitting edema in my ankle.. but 20 min laying with my leg elevated and the heating pad reduces it greatly). I am finally able to palpate the actual muscle of my thigh (complete with some new lumps and indents), so the swelling is def better, just taking a while to clear.
Originally Posted by DriftingShadow
Good luck getting back on Gamer, let us know how it goes! Don't over do it if you are still sore, especially since it sounds like there is still swelling!
Unfortunately, overdoing it in terms of riding Gamer was not an problem.
While I had been hoping there would be no issue, I knew as soon as I brought her into the aisle and started brushing her that it was not going to be like nothing had happened. As soon as she realized I wasn't just tending to her foot (still dealing with the hole remaining after the abscess was dug out), she was on alert.. head up, tense, jumpy.
I spent double the normal time grooming her. And while she didn't do anything wrong, she was certainly not relaxed and enjoying it like before. When I brought the pad out, she got tense. When I brought the saddle out, her eyes got big and she started shaking and tap dancing (never pulling on the crossties.. just doing anything but standing still being relaxed). Spent a while just rubbing on her and picking the saddle up and then putting it down, etc. Eventually got it on her without her moving, but she was def unhappy. Repeat with girth, then with breastcoller, and then with bridle.
Went out into the yard and she was a ball of tension, looking for the monster anywhere and everywhere. I did a bunch of simple ground work with her. Took her a while, but she eventually settled down. Worked her a bit more till she was looking totally relaxed, the went to the mounting block (which I had moved from the end of the barn to a bit further into the yard, away from the aisleway opening). She walked right up beside it and halted when I asked her to. I took the first step up onto the block.. and she shot away sideways like I had kicked her in the butt. She never pulled on the reins, but she pivoted totally around, so her forehead was facing me and her butt was as far away as possible. And she was shaking head to toe.
At that point I decided actually riding was not going to happen. After more groundwork focused around my standing on the block and having her come beside me and stand, then flapping the stirrups and leaning over her and all the other never-been-backed stuff, I was able to get to the point where I mounted and just sat on her and waited for her to finally relax. Mounted 3 times without asking for any forward movement and then called it good and took her back in the barn, untacked, and turned her out.
I gave her tonight off. Tomorrow I will do all of those things again. If it goes well, I will have Dean lead us around the yard with me sitting on her and just literally go back to the beginning (hell, it's not like she'd had much under saddle time anyway). Plan to take things super slow and just see how it goes.