Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I am pleased to say that my leg was much better today. I was thinking it might be more stiff and sore this morning, it being the second day, but the opposite was the case — the swelling in my leg had actually nearly gone away.

Of course it came back after I was on the leg for a while, but I expected that. It's still not as bad: My mobility is better, and I haven't had to take any painkillers since yesterday evening. Because of where I was kicked, bending my knee is still a bit difficult: There is some significant bruising in the muscle that controls that motion, and also the swelling seems to be pushing on my kneecap a little. I can feel that the pain is in the muscle, though, not in the knee itself, so I'm not too worried.

Since I was feeling better, and since I knew Panama needed to be dewormed, I went out to the barn around late morning, as per my usual. I dewormed him first thing, and he was very good about it — which was good, because I'd been a bit worried about not being able to move with my usual speed if he put up a fuss. Probably not the best decision to put myself in that position, but I'm the only one who can give him dewormer, and it needed to be done.

Luckily Panama was being very good, and deworming him was a snap. Then I brushed him and, since my leg was feeling pretty good, decided to go for a quick bareback ride. I think we only rode for about ten minutes, but the point was to get on the horse and see if I could ride — which I could. In fact, bareback it didn't hurt my leg at all — though I think being in stirrups and posting probably would have hurt a little.

I'm so relieved to be getting around better today, and it made me feel good to get out to the barn for a little bit. I also noticed that Panama seems to be doing better, too — at least, it appears his package has benefitted from my attention (as I noticed when he kindly dropped it down to show me while I was grooming him). It's not the best sheath cleaning job in the world, but it'll do for now.



At September 16, 2009 at 3:18 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That's good news all around.

At September 18, 2009 at 10:17 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Indeed! I need to blog about today's lesson -- yes, I had a lesson! -- so stay tuned for some really exciting updates. :o)


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