On Saturday, I broke my own rule of not riding a horse at a show that I don’t ride at home. horse did not take kindly to being told to GO in warm up, overjumped, and bucked on the land.
I KNEW riding him was a bad idea. I told the owner i didn’t feel confident about it, but it was her horse’s last show (being retired) and day one she couldn’t keep his focus to get over the jumps. I told myself I was being a wimp and couldn’t let her down. IDIOT.
Anyway, came off on the fancy GGT or whatever its called footing at has no slide…and couldn’t get up. Ambulance trip right to the hospital. Client who’s horse bucked me off did a good job making a chart and organizing boarders to look after the barn and house pets - meanwhile DH booked the earlies flight he could to get home from Germany (working there).
Result was my pelvis was compressed - sacrum cracked and pubic bone pushed together and twisted so it overlapped. Need surgery (cue panic) for a plate/screws or external pins/fixator. Fortunately (?) they were experiencing higher than normal demands for the pelvic specialists, and by the time they wheeled me to Preop, my pelvis had gone back into place. (Surgeon saw me sitting up in the gurney waiting and said based on my xrays, I shouldn’t be able to sit up - postponed surgery, ordered some physio and then new x-rays…and released me).
I go back in two weeks to see if I did indeed avoid surgery…or just postpone it. 6-12 weeks to heal is likely timeline. There will be snow before it is over.
I am “feather” weightbearing on my right leg, so walker or wheelchair. Crutches for stairs. Wheelchair sucks for off roading so I can’t get myself to the barn. We also still need to outfit the barn toilet with rails and a raised seat so I can spend time out there.
Currently DH and clients looking after horses’s basic needs.
Planning to move horses around so we can group them so more can be on round bales for the next bit, and then possibly do large square bale net feeders so all on free choice for a bit. … but…horse that bucked me off “needs” a stall and has shoes so can’t be with a hay net. Also some clients can be a bit demanding.
Also my nutty mare that can be hard to catch, is, of course, being difficult to deal with (I told them to leave her outside).
We don’t have staff, or an outside coach. I could bring a coach in, although I think people can handle no lessons, or I can come out twice a week…but can’t scoop poop or set jumps/poles.
I have no idea what to do with nutty mare, pony I was trying to train for lessons, or my yellow horse I had started taking lessons on with an outside coach. Pony is green (walk/trot, leg yields) but old owners may want her back (she is super sweet, social pony). Yellow horse is tricky to ride because people want to pull on him (he is big), but he is lovely.
Nearby barn owner offered to help teach and/or her daughter could help in evenings.
DH thinks he can do things, but he is NOT the horse person and can be gruff with clients.
Just looking for thoughts/ideas.
On the plus side, it has been heart warming to see even past clients come out and help, including one who I had riding a lesson horse prospect for me but then turned down for board (I didn’t think she bought the horse she thought she was buying…I was right…he is a PITA and lame), but she still took our dog overnight while I was in hospital and has helped with feeding.
**Update Sept 30, I spend yesterday in hospital again. Found a very large blood clot in my affected leg/calf. quite painful. On blood thinners. 3-6 months recovery?