Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hit the Ground - Bounce Back

 Does this magpie make me look fat?

Well, Misty, with or without the magpie, you look fat. It's because of your leisurely lifestyle.
Misty and I have not ridden together since a July 11th trail riding mishap. She spooked big; did an abrupt 180 degree turn and bolted. My girth had become loose, my saddle rolled a little to the right, and I couldn't regain my balance to ride out the bolt.

 I hit the ground hard!

I got back on after we found Misty, who galloped across a big meadow and disappeared into the forest. I rode the rest of the day, not realizing how injured I was.
  •  Broke my left arm at the elbow joint (radial head fracture).  It has healed with a minor deformity.  I'm doing physical therapy and I'm slowly regaining use.  Today, I was able to release my own passenger side seatbelt, but still can't buckle it on my own. Baby steps.
  • Injured my left shoulder which was diagnosed yesterday as "frozen shoulder".  Doc gave me a cortisone shot and prescribed physical therapy.
  • Destroyed nerves and tissue on my right leg; had a huge hematoma from above my knee down into my toes.  Doc is ordering an MRI on my knee because it is still swollen and sore 12 weeks after the fall.  Hoping to rule out a meniscus tear.
  • Smacked my head hard, but my brand new Tipperary Sportage helmet protected my noggin well.  Wear a helmet, every ride, every time.
It has been frustrating to miss the best riding weather of the year, but I've learned from this experience.
  • Misty and I need to strengthen our relationship so she looks to me for leadership more. I need to increase my confidence, to be that leader.  Misty was a little agitated that morning. I was having a hard time getting her attention and helping her relax.
  • Check my girth more frequently. I had it as tight as I ever do, but surprisingly it loosened a lot, as Misty became sweaty and kind of sucked in during the the ride.
  • All the pain I've experienced these last 12 weeks has motivated me to take better care of my health through diet and exercise.  I want to feel good and be fit to ride well into my senior years (crud, which aren't that far away).
  •  I'm going to focus on dressage when I'm able to ride, to improve communication with Misty and work as a team.  I'm interested in Western Dressage and hope to compete next year. Started fundamental dressage lessons last year and was surprised how much I like it. I like it because Misty loves it!
I'm slowly bouncing back and looking forward to riding again. By the time I can climb back in the saddle, the temperature will be lingering in the 30s and 40s F on sunny days.  But, hey, I love shopping for winter riding wear!
What have you learned from riding mishaps? How have you overcome them?

Monday, June 9, 2014

Riding the Burn

We're coming up on the one year anniversary of the fire.  Riding in the burn area is interesting, but certainly not pretty.  I sure wouldn't ride here on a windy day, although I hear they recently removed the dead trees along this particular trail. 

Be fire wise and safe this summer.

We've received quite a bit of welcome rain this Spring.  Hopefully that will bring the fire danger...and hay prices...down, down, down.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

I'm still working too much and blogging too little,  but from my office cubical, I wish you all a Merry <western> Christmas!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

U. S. Highway Trivia

We recently passed under this monument.

Where were we? Name the town and state.

This town is known as "the   ___?___  __?__   Capitol of the World."

No prizes; just your personal satisfaction of weird highway knowledge.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ride Like a Witch

With kind permission from Dana's Doodles
Halloween is actually my favorite "holiday"...I just wish it came with a day off of work.  I like the fun costumes and candy and spider webs and classic spooky movies.  Have a fun Halloween week!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Misty's Monday Muse - Postcard from Colorado

Having a wonderful time.

Wish you were here!

Photo courtesy Mark and Debbie Bibb
I've been taking MyLady on lots of trail rides this summer.  We're having so much fun, there hasn't been any time for blogging.  We are spending  all of our free time together and have become great trail partners.  There are still several months of lovely riding weather, so we'll be in touch when the snow flies.  
Enjoying the great outdoors,

Friday, August 2, 2013

Post Fire Flooding

Every time it rains, news crews come out and film at this location, where it floods across the street and then leaves a bunch of black sludge behind.  At times the flooding has been up to the top of the fence.  This homeowner lost their house in the fire and now they have to deal with this mess too.

Where does all this goo come from?  Here's the answer from last Monday's storm.

More storms are on the way.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Meet Peg

Peg is short for Peg Leg.

I found Peg Saturday evening, caught by one leg, in a large rodent snap trap in our pasture.

I released her, scooped her up, and brought her into the house.

Her leg was a mess; a bloody compound fracture with her foot dangling by a long, skinny piece of skin.

I had to amputate her leg with toenail clippers.
 (I had big dreams of being a vet when I was a kid.)

While I was bandaging her stub (with cotton and antibiotic gel wrapped with first aid tape - and duct tape for good measure),  her eyes closed and I thought she was dying.

I said, "Don't you die on me little birdy!  I haven't lost a patient on the kitchen counter operating table yet!"

She rallied.  
I think she was just in shock.

I was surprised to find Peg still alive Sunday morning.  I fed her a mix of wild finch seed and millet pieces.  ????  Just guessing on what might be right.  She hung on and was a feisty little dish, escaping once to fly madly around my laundry room.

I dropped Peg off at an avian vet's office Tuesday.  I knew she needed to be on antibiotics and might need her boney stub cauterized and I wasn't sure what to do next. 

I thought Peg might be some kind of finch.  The vet said she's definitely not a finch but wasn't sure what kind of bird she is.  (The vet deals mostly with parrots, but kindheartedly treats wild birds that find their way to her office.)  I emailed Peg's picture to  a friend who said she looks like an immature meadowlark, and said she really should have some bugs to eat.

Do you think Peg is a young meadowlark?

The vet doesn't keep live food on hand, so I took some mealworms to the office today.  Good timing too.  They just got a flicker in that had been caught in a volleyball net and injured its wings.

So Peg - the alleged meadowlark - and the flicker will be eating good tonight.

Yum! Yum! Deeeelicious!

Gosh!  I dropped 100 mealworms off at the vet's office.  That might not feed two hungry birds for very long.