Thursday, March 26, 2015

Horseback riders, wear your helmets!

It's been a busy week and I have a conference I'm going to this weekend, so I haven't been riding since Friday.  While you're waiting for my next riding tale, though, here are some thoughts on wearing helmets that have been on my mind.

A few days ago, a young acquaintance of mine -- someone I know through my trainer, who has worked with both of us over the years -- was bucked off her horse and landed on her head.  She was complaining that night of a very bad headache, so I told her to go to the doctor, as it was likely she had a concussion.

Of course, she wasn't wearing a helmet.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The ups and downs of riding again

I've been trying to get back into riding again regularly, but I keep hitting bumps and snags in my plans.  The first snag was that long run of cold weather and snow -- I had ridden nearly every day during the preceding week, but then the weather prevented me from continuing the routine.

I've been pretty good about getting out at least a couple times a week to ride since, but this week is not looking good.  I was supposed to ride last night, but after sitting at A.'s soccer practice for a very chilly, windy hour, and then getting off work late (which would have made my whole evening very late if I'd ridden), I just didn't feel up to it.
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Friday, March 6, 2015

You know your horse loves chiro when...

I took advantage of my day off yesterday by going to the barn, pulling blankets, and spending some time with my horses.  I turned both Panama and Rondo out together to start, not knowing that there was substantial ice under the snow in the arena, from when everything melted during our nice day between snowstorms earlier in the week.  The puddles in the arena froze overnight and were covered up with snow the next day, so neither I or the horses knew they were there, and Panama crashed and slid into the rail when he was running around.  I was scared he was hurt or cast, but he's a smart boy, and pulled his leg out of the fence before getting up.

I watched him carefully after that, and he was a bit stiff when he first got up, but quickly went back to running around with Rondo.  (They were careful to avoid the ice after that though.)  Since he seemed to be okay, I went back to my original plan of riding him.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cabin fever frenzy and the Great Warm-Up of March 2015.

Last night Jess's owner, R., and I rode together, as we usually do now on Tuesday evenings.

Well, sort of.  She didn't actually ride.  The horses were all a little bit up, and she lunged and lunged while looking for an opportunity to get on.  It never came, and she left without having ridden.

Riding with someone more scared than I am makes me feel like a pro.

That might not be the nicest thing to say, but I do like feeling proud of myself for having ridden when someone else is letting their fear keep them from it.  To be fair, though, last night was rough.  Each and every horse in the indoor arena during the time I was in there acted bananas at some point or another.  They've all got some serious cabin fever, after two weeks of snow and cold and snow and cold.  And I do understand where she's coming from, because once upon a time, I was scared too (although maybe not ever that scared).
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Cold. Snow. Repeat.

It definitely doesn't look like I'll be going out to the barn anytime soon.  Not only is it very cold (teens yesterday, very low 20s today and through the weekend), but the snow is also working to keep me grounded, as my car doesn't do so well in the snow.  Wednesday night a small snowstorm dropped about four inches of very wet, heavy snow on us, and then it got very cold, making the roads very nasty in the evening.  They must not have been much better the following morning, as I woke up to find that most of the schools in the metro area were closed.  It started snowing again around mid-day, and although it was a light snow, continued snowing throughout the evening and (I think) overnight.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sneaking a ride in and thoughts on confident riding

Between the weather and how busy I was last week, I haven't ridden much, compared with a couple of weeks ago when a few days off coincided with a February heat wave, allowing me to ride five times in a week.

Last night, though, I did ride.  I've set up a standing "riding date" on Tuesday nights with a fellow boarder.  I wasn't able to keep our date last week, because of how much I was working, but we rode last night.  It'll be our only good day this week, as we have some snow moving in this afternoon and staying for the rest of the week and weekend, so I'm glad I got some riding in.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

A long, busy week with no riding

After all the riding I was doing during our heat wave, I haven't ridden at all in the past week.  First there was the snowstorm last weekend, but then there was also all the babysitting I was doing during the week.  I babysat for one family all day Monday because their daughter's school was closed and they still had to work, and then another family had to take their two-month-old preemie to the hospital because of a cold that was interfering with his breathing, so I watched their three-year-old for six to eight hours every day on top of my afternoon nanny job.

I was essentially working 9 to 12 hour days most of the week, with freelance work to do at the end of the day.  I'm behind on my freelance work as a result, and will be spending this weekend catching up.
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