Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kicked by a horse

My bruise is finally starting to come in nice and clear. This is how it looked yesterday:

My bruise from getting kicked by a horse

It's about the same, or maybe a little greener, today.

Thanks to a combination of sore leg and bad weather, I haven't been back out to the barn since my lesson on Friday. Ironically it wasn't riding that aggravated my leg — it was carrying kids around. I babysat both Friday and Saturday nights, and both times the pain was quite bad afterward. Whenever I picked up a child, I could literally feel the stress the added weight put on my knee. It makes me glad I only weigh 120 pounds — it's got to be helping speed my recovery a little, not to be carrying any extra weight around!

Anyway, after taking it easy for a couple of days, my leg is feeling much better — but now it's the weather that isn't cooperating. It was dreary and rainy yesterday and today, and might actually snow tomorrow!

I haven't practiced at all since my last lesson, and I don't relish the thought of practicing my canter in the snow, so I've postponed my lesson a couple of days. Hopefully the snow will turn out to be a false alarm, and I can get some practice in before my next lesson!



At September 23, 2009 at 5:55 AM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Oh, ouch! kicks can hurt for a long time! It took a long time for me to heal when I got kicked in the back in January. Now I am trying to get my shoulder/arm to heal after I fell off in July. Had to have an MRI done yesterday, don't know the results yet. Horse can be rough on us poor frail humans!!!
You are right, cantering in the snow might not be a good idea, unless it's several feet deep for a soft landing! And by the way, congrats on the canter, didn't it feel GREAT!!!

At September 24, 2009 at 11:34 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Jane, I'm doing pretty well now, and I've been 95 percent back to normal all week. There is still the occasional soreness or tightness in the muscle -- especially if I've been sitting still for a long time -- but on the whole it's nothing to get in my way.

Anyway, it didn't snow after all on Wednesday, although it did rain all day. Boy was I glad I'd rescheduled! Today was partly sunny and dry, if a little cool, so I did get a short ride in.

It did feel great to canter -- and feel stable cantering -- and I'm looking forward to doing some more of it tomorrow!


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