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! ❤️

Saturday is the beginning of a new journey!

I have this thing about horses. Not many realize that I actually knew Lynx and Goose at birth. I knew their dam at birth. I helped my dad to purchase their grand dam back in 1999? Maybe 1998? Also, I bought Gabe as a yearling. These have been the dominant horses of my last 15 years. It’s been a journey with each of them. I haven’t purchased any broke horses, except Splash, in a long time! So here I go again!

Remember playing the name game for a cutting bred foal back in 2019? He was born in May of 2019. Barn name is Whiskey! Solid bay colt out of a buckskin mare and I do believe the stallion was a dun. Well, it’s time to go pick the booger butt up from his spoiled life at the Ranch and give him a J-O-B!

Pedigree

I’m not sure how tall he is now but no doubt he is stout. He has been loaded a few times in the trailer. He does good for the farrier. He has been saddled a few times. But he is not broke. He needs some manners and something to do other than be a pasture pet! I prayed on this and have over thought it between prayers… then I just had a good feeling that all will work out. He many not be some 1D or even 5D barrel horse. But, by God’s Grace and Glory, he will have a job! Who knows? Maybe I will get back into sorting? I used to love to do team penning on my barrel horses!!! Sorting might be a fun adventure!

Whiskey in 2020

This colt is out of a mare that my husband bought for me when we bought our first house! She is 21 now. At the time, she was a fat an sassy buttermilk buckskin with a frosted mane and tail. She was very pregnant with a local stud’s progeny. Her first foal was a pretty little filly that looked just like her! We did breed her again and got a heck of a colt that was full of himself! A sorrel colt. Cooter’s Runnin Shine. See, the mare is registered MJG Scottish Scoot. Barn name is Chevis. First filly was Hot Scotch Tottie. See the theme?

My thought is to blog my journey with this colt as much as possible! He has a brain. He has a great build and is pretty correct in his confirmation. Bred to preform either in arena work or cattle. Who knows? It will be one day at a time at my place! So follow along with us as we prepare Whiskey for life!

Luck is Not My Thing.

I hear it all the time. “good luck!” Sometimes it makes me twitch a little. My circle knows that I don’t depend on Luck. Nope. It’s not luck. The Grace of God is what keeps me going!!!! Let me break this down!

Y’all, I have had a lot of personal injuries and equine injuries. I pray A LOT. Especially before a run. In fact, I really enjoy praying with random people in the warm up. I feel like God made me bold so I could be a light for Him! It’s an overwhelming feeling! I will be warming up my horse and God says “that one” and points me to someone. I have yet to be turned away from prayer! With all of my issues and pain, I have had to change my perspective on life on general. God blessed me with the ability to ride. It’s not luck. I don’t even run to win. I run to run!!!!! I have been told a few times that I would not recover and I would not be able to run. I prayed HARD. God restored me and my doctor released me back to running! I will never take that chance for granted!

When I am on my horse, my focus is to do the best I can for my horse. He will get love and cookies wether we pull a check or not. I will come out of the pen thanking my Horse and My Lord for being with me in the arena and taking care of us! After all, that 1375# equine has a mind of his own! He chose me! God put him with me! I’m so grateful!!!! I’m there for the ride!

Some folks reading this are most likely rolling their eyes saying “but Lynx wins all the time”. No, he doesn’t. But he is a pretty awesome horse! God has blessed me with 3 heart horses! It’s very rare! So why would I think it was luck? No, it’s God’s Grace that has allowed me to have these awesome horses in my life to ride! They get a lot of the credit for my success! God gets all of it! Sometimes I think I have to work really hard to find my groove or to figure one out. Then I pray. It’s amazing how my brain will clear out and the horse’s desire floods my thoughts! I’m not saying it’s easy, but God gave me a gift. So I will do my very best to thank Him every chance I get!

Next time you see me at a race, I prefer to hear have fun! Or run hard! Becsuse luck is not why I am here. I am here because GOD wants me here! I am BLESSED! No matter how I end up in the race, the race of life will be endured with God holding my hand. I pray that you all stay safe, humble, and remember how blessed you truly are to get to run down that alley! 🤟🏻