On Friday, November 20, 2015 I got the wonderful, incredible news that my collarbone was F I N A L L Y healed enough to let me get back in the saddle. Best holiday present ever, right?!
On Friday, November 27, 2015 I found out that Trooper, my six-year-old Grand Prix prospect, needs to have his neck X-Rayed in order to figure out why he continues to limp despite his suspensory strain healing correctly after seven months of layup. And let’s not forget Jack, who has another month of stall confinement to allow his leg to heal after my colossal mistake two months ago.
Horses are some of the most delicate creatures in the world, and their riders are pretty on-par with that. Having (quite literally) just gotten back in the saddle, I am seeing how difficult it is to get back into riding shape, as well as keep the competition horses in the barn in shape as well. Hence my now pseudo-working-student role, aka riding as many horses as I can before my shoulder gives out or I can’t stand up without shaking. Let’s just say running did not prepare my legs or arms for the deadlifting trying to get a horse to keep his head in frame entails.
Both of my horses are fine, or they will be. But what is becoming a concern is who exactly I will show starting in mid-January. Trooper is still some time away from cantering and full flatwork, and Jack will have to be brought back the same way at the end of December. I am, as they say, between a horse and a hard place when it comes to a showing schedule.
This post is a big change from my recent posts, but I wanted to give everyone an update on how healing and training is going. And that’s just it: it’s going. Until next time, I’ll be stretching these muscles out.