So many things!

As an independent individual, being grounded is really hard! Currently, I am one week post op with my right shoulder. They removed bone spurs, unattached my bicep tendon and reattached it to my bone. They clean things up! But this surgery requires me to not use my right arm for at least 4-6 weeks. Nothing but physical therapy. I can’t drive for another week. Also, since my truck is a standard, driving won’t be possible until I find an automatic to drive! Then, after the 4-6 weeks, I will still be limited to 5# for an additional 3-5 months.

My current mental state is wonky at best. I don’t do well with limits. I don’t do well with letting someone else pull the slack. It’s not in my nature! On the flip side, this shoulder has been a real issue for a LONG TIME. I need to be whole again so that when my young horse comes home from training, I will be able to ride him correctly! I have so many things I want/need to do. Patience is also not on my “skills list”. I’m literally getting stir crazy and I’m only one week in!

I am looking forward to watching my students saddle their own horses! Guess what kids? You will get to brush, saddle, bridle, ride, un-bridle, un-saddle, brush and turn out your horses for lessons now! I’m not going to rush back into lessons just yet! After my two week check up, I will be coaching on days that Hannah can come assist! Getting hot while on pain meds and with my arm in a neoprene sling is not a good idea! So I will give my wounds time to seal up and only coach on Hannah assisted days until I have my students fully trained to saddle without assistance! I think this will be a great benefit to all of my students! Yes, parents of young kiddos, you will be a vital part of this new chapter for RES RIDING LESSONS!

My time, right now, is mostly spent planning, icing my shoulder, journaling, thinking of ways to drum up some cash flow (y’all, I have horse tack for sale on my FB page!) and just healing! Yes, I’m drinking LOTS of water! I’m not allowed to handle the horses at the moment. It’s actually kind of interesting. I was leading Honey with my left hand. She spooked and my body responded with my right arm. Muscle memory is a crazy thing! So since I always lead horses with my right arm and my body decided it can’t break the muscle memory reaction, it’s just safer for me to not handle them! They are all fat, sassy and enjoying the green grass right now!

For anyone that misses my horses, after next week, they Thursday, you can text to see if you can come out and help out! I’m sure I will be ready to get out of the house by then! Thank you to all whom have pitched in thus far to help me! I really appreciate you! ❤️

It has been one month…

It has been one month since I was kicked in the chest. One month since a random hoof flew at me and into my chest. One month since I decided to turn my horse out, forgot to let the horse out of the other paddock and walked forward vs turning around and going back to the gate….and I got kicked in the chest. My oh my how one blink can alter your reality.

This was an average morning. I went to turn horses out. I didn’t let the one horse that sleeps in the paddock, that is located inside the back pasture , out before letting Lynx loose for the day. A simple thing. So I took the halter off Lynx, put it on my shoulder and stepped forward. I woke up 15’ from where I was standing. It hurt. I could not breathe. I did manage to get up and let that horse out before the ambulance arrived. I spent four days in the hospital and did not break anything. Blunt force trauma to my chest wall.

What I have learned since this experience? A lot! I learned that the world keeps turning. I learned that my child still had baseball. Dinner still needed to be cooked. Horses still needed to be fed. I also learned that my 42 year old body takes longer to heal! I learned that I have limits.

On my 14 year wedding anniversary, September 29th, my son got sick. Of course we got tested and come to find out it was the vid. My son was sick for maybe 24-36 hours. He is 100% now! I tested positive but do not have any symptoms aside from my “I just got kicked in the chest by a horse” symptoms. All I want to do is ride! But yet….I got kicked in the chest by a horse. Sigh.

So what does one do when we are in quarantine and healing from trauma? I’m not 💯 great but I am also way past the sleeping all day phase! I cleaned saddles. I cook dinner. I do laundry. Gah the laundry! What do we do? Watch tv. That’s it! So please go ride your horses and breathe in the ragweed air! Enjoy the little cool front that might make your steed a little fresh! Think of me while you glide along on that horse of yours! I can’t wait to ride again! But…I will! Why? Because “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” does not apply to people over 40! 😐✌🏻