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post #3821 of 4359 Old 08-18-2018, 09:39 PM
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Hello all!

I recently translated the self-portrait of one of the founders of a German alternative riding school. Ursula Bruns was nearly 60 when she wrote it in 1982; she died in 2016 at the age of 94. Like Australia's Tom Roberts, she was a generalist and a self-educator who had a breadth and depth that are rarely seen in modern equine sports specialists, and I really love what she had to say about horses and riding. This is not just a woman from another era, an era when horses were still a way of life for many; this is a woman who travelled the world and learnt from many different people and cultures, and rode many different horses in many different ways. I think there is great value in hearing these voices, especially for the modern rider, who can benefit from a bigger picture. You might enjoy it and it lovely photos:

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post #3822 of 4359 Old 08-18-2018, 10:09 PM
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hmmmmm,I wonder why I'm no longer getting email notifications of new posts? I've been missing a lot of interesting conversations!
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post #3823 of 4359 Old 08-18-2018, 10:12 PM
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Cybergremlins, @weedlady . They're huuuungry! Probably looking to get fat for their winter hibernations!

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post #3824 of 4359 Old 08-18-2018, 11:20 PM
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Got my trailer home today. Pressure washed it inside and out.

My horse was pretty far out when I hooked up. He moved behind a larger mare and looked intently, peeking out from her hindquarters. I stuck my tongue out at him (from a half mile away) as I pulled out.
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post #3825 of 4359 Old 08-20-2018, 09:42 AM
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Just checkin' in.

We're finally getting our "Springtime" rains, and as the saying goes, "It never rains but it pours". We had a slow moving thunderstorm pass thru Friday afternoon and deposit close to three inches of rain and small hail over Palmer Lake and most of the surrounding area. Lots of washed out roads and wet basements. NWS says it may do it again this week; guess I'd better get The Tractor out and get Fridays road-base deposits out of my driveway :-P

I have been tinkering with another Project; a 2004 Subaru Forester. It came to me cheaply, with a bad engine, but otherwise is a really nice, clean car. I was coming along with it until a couple of days ago, when I fumbled and dropped a large bolt down behind the torque converter. Nothing would suffice to remove the doggone thing but removing the engine I had just installed, sliding the torque converter out of the transmission (risky business), and fishing the bolt out with a magnet taped to a stiff wire. All back together now, and the replacement engine starts and sounds good; if the weather permits, I will finish the car and take it out for a test drive today.

Saturday, I went with my wife to look at a horse; a Bay Roan Appendix named Tabasco (Toby). This boy comes from a Polo barn, is very sweet-natured, and appears to be a truly "Been there, Done that" horse. Judy rode him in their arena, and on some trails in the vicinity, and then, without hesitation said "I Do". Honestly, had she hesitated, I might well have claimed him for myself; he's just that nice.

George and I were out with The Club yesterday, at a State Wildlife Area called Dome Rock. The weather was cool for mid-August, with a definite hint of Fall in the air. At one point it looked sure to rain on our parade, but it didn't. We rode about 11 miles of Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate trail, thru some of the prettiest scenery in this part of the state. The Advanced Intermediate sections were made even more challenging by the recent severe thunderstorms, which had created some deep wash-outs and knocked down some trees across the trail. However, this ride was posted as an "Advanced" ride, and the teams who turned out negotiated the obstacles w/o any real problems.

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post #3826 of 4359 Old 08-20-2018, 04:47 PM
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@weedlady : I figured you would be keeping yourself busy! hope you enjoy the new computer and it lasts as long as the old one did.

@boots : too funny that your horse was hiding.

@george the mule : all that trouble caused by one bolt!! congrats on the new horse. loved the pics from your ride. hope momma nature gives you a break with the weather.


DH and I escaped to the shore this weekend. My parents own a house on Long Beach Island, NJ and it was so nice to go and relax! The weather was originally forecast to be sketchy, but we got beautiful days Friday and Saturday. After some morning yard sales, we went and camped on the beach.



It was so nice for DH to be able to unwind a bit. As always, those kinds of weekends go way too fast. Sunday was rainy, so that made it slightly easier to go home. Ironically, it wasn't raining at home and I had this waiting for me when we returned.



Today I was supposed to have a dentist appointment first thing, but it was canceled. Which worked out well, as not 5 minutes after the office called to cancel, Keith called to see if i could help with potatoes. He was digging a test section, which meant picking them up by hand into crates. Thank goodness the weather is back to seasonal temps, as I may have collapsed otherwise. The potatoes looked great (a huge relief with all the rain), so he will be killing off those fields, meaning the real harvesting will begin in a couple weeks!

After potatoes, I backed the new toy outside and did a bit of touch up painting for DH. Mia supervised, of course.



The equine chiro came to see George in preparation for the upcoming competition. She commented on liking how his feet looked - and that was before I told her about the farrier change! He was out in his normal places, but nothing unexpected.

Tomorrow it will be potatoes in the morning and then dentist in the afternoon. Seeing as its supposed to rain, at least I won't be missing good saddle time!


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post #3827 of 4359 Old 08-20-2018, 07:46 PM
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@george the mule , those are wonderful trail photos! And we need photos of Tabasco now...

@boots ,

@Rod , have you got that new horse yet?

@phantomhorse13 , that's a great sunflower, and are you wearing different colour nail polish on each foot? Potatoes sound like more fun than the dentist. Do you get to take a bagful home to make some nice wedges? Although with it being summer where you are, you might prefer a nice cool potato salad to go with some barbecued meat and garden salad... with maybe strawberries for dessert...

@weedlady , nice that you are making great use of your time! Have lots of fun!

The other day I had a whinge on my journal about living in fracture land. It's long but quite entertaining, so I reproduce it for your reading pleasure in case you've just finished War&Peace and need something else.

By the way, I have just passed the halfway point for projected bone healing time, and my foot, though still lovely rainbow colours and a weird shape, looks less scary every day.

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post #3828 of 4359 Old 08-20-2018, 07:53 PM
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OK, now the real reason I switched this laptop on just after 5 in the morning (yegads!!!) and went to my journal is because I wanted to have a good whinge. I was pleasantly diverted by some correspondence, but I'm now ready to have that whinge!

Fractures are so high-maintenance! At 5 in the morning, I wanted nothing more than to be asleep, curled up around the warm shape of my husband, when my body started ringing a little fire alarm. "Animal protein now! Animal protein now!" Sigh. It's a very unpleasant sort of fire alarm, not like general hunger; it has a faintly sick tang to it, and a very unique kind of gnawing sensation. And I know that the body is already scavenging amino acids by breaking down its own muscles etc when it gets to that point, so that's not good.

Between me and animal protein was actually giving up my cosy horizontal position without weeping, trying to get on crutches in that delicate semi-comatose I-woke-up-far-too-early state without falling over, and hopping with their aid into the office, where they could be exchanged for a more comfortable conveyance: The office chair, God bless and keep it. Knee of dodgy leg on that, snuggle into the backrest, use good leg for propulsion, steering and braking, use hands to avoid colliding with solid objects.

This got me to the kitchen in comfort and safety. Now I sure as ice in Antarctica wasn't going to boil eggs at 5 in the morning, so I re-heated some of the big stash of Thai-style pumpkin and seafood soup made the other day, and ate cheese and crackers while waiting for it to heat without exploding all over the microwave (seafood mix is very explodey, so you have to use the medium high setting and wait longer). Then I grabbed the bowl and scooted on the chair until I reached the bedroom. Warmly re-installed between the sheets, I ate my strange pre-breakfast and read previously mentioned pleasant correspondence etc while the fire alarm sensations slowly diminished.

Perhaps it wasn't such a great idea to have three slices of coconut cake for dinner last night; it clearly wasn't adequate for current repair requirements. But I'd had one of those days where the fractures just caught up with me. Much as I like to carry on as normally as possible, yesterday was a day where my body said, "Please do not get up today!" And these days, with the wisdom bequeathed by long experience of what happens if you don't listen to your body, I actually don't argue too much when that happens. I did a couple of useful things, like make warm honey and hazelnut cluster muesli for breakfast, served with hot plums from the summer stash in jars, and scoot that and tea to the bedside tables, where an exhausted husband was curled up in foetal position under the blankets 20 minutes after his alarm for his early shift had gone off. The tea and fragrant breakfast just floating to him was a humane way of getting him into a sitting position. He's had a hard time of it too with this fracture business - disturbed sleep, extra chores, re-negotiating his schedule to be able to ferry me to fracture clinic etc.

But after that, I actually had a mostly horizontal day - apart from horse feeding. I did not go on a one-hour peg-leg walk as originally planned; instead I listened to my weary body and rested. My broken foot in that astronaut boot feels very like a baby bird not ready to come out of its shell; it likes its shell and feels safe in it. I read a lot, watched interviews, journalled, drank a lot of green tea, made cheesies at intervals (toasted bread drizzled with olive oil, with Italian herbs, ham and cheese, grilled until bubbly and served with tomato sauce for taste and lycopenes), scavenged leftovers from the fridge, and tried having little snoozes. My body is actually quite sore. Arm and shoulder muscles got over it fast from the beginning, helped by Vitamin E; it's more bone aches - the fractures obviously, but also the hand bones from using crutches, the shoulder joints from bearing full weight, my hip joints from not walking normally, my left knee from kneeling on it so much when on the office chair or in the peg-leg. Muscle cramps from not using my body in the normal manner, but that's getting better (my left calf was killing me all first week).

When Brett got home, he smiled and made approving sounds and brought me more tea. He said, "This is completely normal, you should be doing more of it when you have broken bones! Don't feel bad about it. I know what you're like, and it's great you're doing so much and getting as much exercise as possible, but you also need extra rest. So just listen to your body. And listen to the husbandly wisdom of Brett, who's got some good ideas sometimes!"

(He hides emergency chocolate in the attic in case we run out in the pantry! He stashes potato chips secretly to surprise me when we watch a movie. He says, "Here's a book I got for you! Here's a CD you're going to like! Do you want anything from iTunes? How are your podcasts, have you got enough?" )

It's funny, it's only my second completely horizontal "bleh" day since my accident 18 days ago; my first was the first 24 hours. I've had a lot of half-days reading in bed or sitting on the sofa with my foot up, but not total losses on the productivity rating.

But I wanted to whinge this morning, because even though this is a far easier injury than many others would be (try ligament damage, at least bones usually heal AOK), there are still times in-between my enthusiastic problem-solving and carrying on doing, when I can no longer sell it to myself as a sort of temporary playground fun, and it really strikes me that it's such a royal pain in the posterior, and so tiring and uncomfortable/randomly painful. And I really miss riding. And walking like a normal person.

Well, I'm glad I got that off my chest.

So that's a whinge from me about a relatively minor and inconvenient ailment which is expected to heal 100%, and for which I am far better equipped than the average person in terms of body shape, fitness levels, and attitude. I honestly don't know how people do it if they're carrying 20kg too much, or unfit, or can't normally do pushups or get off the ground hands-free, or don't eat properly, or are elderly and/or frail - that'd be a real killer then.

How would they even bathe? That's only just safe for me, and I really had to work on it. You can't shower, because you can't stand on the broken foot. You could sit in a shower chair, or you can take a bath. Tried the shower chair; most unpleasant and dodgy too. The problem with the bath, with the fragile baby bird out of its little egg for it (you can't leave the astronaut boot on), is getting into and out of the tub without squashing the baby bird, which your body is quite prepared to use instinctively for an emergency, even though you know it can't. So I sit at the edge of the tub and swivel over - there's that precarious moment when you don't have your good foot on the ground and you hope your handholds don't fail. Once the good foot is in the tub, you're halfway to Rome, but you have to lower yourself so carefully to avoid skidding and slamming your baby bird into the tub wall. Takes all the Pilates training I had, being steady on the one foot and lowering your bodyweight on it in a super-controlled manner, and holding on with both hands ready for aversive action in case that good foot slides, and reminding your brain that the baby bird is off limits for emergency braking. (It's like teaching yourself that you must not swerve on the road when a kangaroo crosses, despite your instincts - that's how people slam into trees.)

Anyway, I guess most people simply would have to use that shower chair, or have sponge baths, or go to special facilties with grip bars built in etc. Makes you think. I'll never look at people in splints and casts in quite the same light again, now I've lived in that world. There's a lovely lady at fracture clinic who has an ankle fracture, in a hard cast, and she's in a wheelchair because she's carrying at least 40kg too much, and currently can't even use crutches. I can't see how she would slide around in an office chair, or get into a bath, or be able to wear a peg-leg. And I don't say this with any judgemental forehead-wrinkling, because the obesity epidemic is a really complex one, and the way our modern society operates makes it so hard for a lot of people to do healthy things when all this unhealthy stuff is so pushed at every corner and the dealers deal their non-foods legally and in broad daylight and often with the approval of various so-called health organisations. Plus, if you didn't come out of childhood lean, you've already got so much stacked against you. That's a whole separate rant though, and I've already reached my daily quota!


PS: Thanks to the helpful suggestions of my 40+ social group, I now keep a stash of snacks in the bedside drawer.


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Oh and in case anyone you know is dealing with fractures, this is a really useful clip on optimising bone healing with nutrition - great references to studies done, and highlighting that the majority of adults don't actually get enough Vitamin D, C, E, calcium, general antioxidants etc (or round-the-clock small supplies of top quality protein) through the average modern diet for optimum bone healing. And what to do about it, when!





Also really interesting in general if you're trying to maintain your bone density, and not end up with osteoporosis.

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are you wearing different colour nail polish on each foot? Potatoes sound like more fun than the dentist. Do you get to take a bagful home to make some nice wedges?
The toes alternate blue and red, yes. Once upon a time, I made my living managing an aquatic center, which involved boring management stuff, but also life guarding and swim lessons. So I lived in a bathing suit and flip flops. I started painting my toes to try to cover up the all-too-common blackened nails that patrons would ask about (small children stomping on your feet does just as much damage as a horse!). My mother, seeing a picture somehow, was overjoyed at my sudden girliness and bought me a small boatload of polish of various colors (I worked at that place almost 15 years ago and still haven't needed to buy any more polish..). That job got me in the habit of covering up the ugly nails, so I continued. Now I match the polish color to the color of the tack of the horse(s) I ride. This next ride I may be piloting Fluffy (red) or Flo (blue), thus the color choices.


I can take home some potatoes if I choose to; generally the small ones or the rogue variety that somehow got into a field it shouldn't. I came home today with a half dozen rogue Russets and another dozen golf ball sized Norwich (Norwiches?) deemed too small to sell. They will be very tasty in suppers this week!
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