Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More pretty bruise pics

Taken this morning, 12 days post kick:

Thigh:  You can see where the bruise is starting to go away.  Towards the front (right in the pic), there is still a lump under a part of the bruise (under where the yellow is)

Knee:  Pretty, eh?  As the thigh bruise is going away, this one seems to be getting "bigger"... not to mention darker.

Whole leg.  All I can say is it's a good thing it's winter.  If it were shorts weather, I'd probably have some serious explaning to do to people. :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bruise update

Mostly I'm posting this so the pictures are online and I can share.  Been 10 days since the kick.  Still limping here and there... mostly when I first get up.  Also, still dealing with it waking me in my sleep although not nearly as much.  The good part is that the bruise is slowly fading...

The picture doesn't do the deepness of the colors justice at all, but you get the idea.

The bad part is that with the bruise dissipating, the blood I guess has to go somewhere, right?  And it seems to be travelling down my leg.  On Friday I noticed a bruise around my kneecap.  This is what it looks like today (again, the deepness of the bruising just isn't conveyed by the P.O.S. camera on my phone):

Lovely, eh?

I did manage to ride Noble on Saturday and it was a lovely ride.  He was feeling pretty good... the sun was shining, there was a breeze... and first time through the grid with actual jumps, I got a "this is fun" buck at the end.  Stinker.  Was sore afterwards, but had a good time.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Week of Color

Walnut Creek PC horse trials didn't happen for us.  I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and did the wrong thing 2 days before (Friday evening) and was on the receiving end of a major kick.  No one's fault except my own really... which is almost worst.  The kick landed on my left thigh which instantly felt swollen.  Spent Friday night alternating 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off with ice while I relaxed on the couch.  Wasn't all that great the next morning so off to the ER I went.  Xrays showed no bone bruise.  Prescription was made for no weight for 2 days along with pain killers.  That pretty much solidified the notion that I was going to have to withdraw from the event.  Can't exactly gallop and jump without using my left leg.

I have yet to ride.  Hoping to do so this weekend since the weather is going to be fantastic (mid 60s!).  But I'm still having some issues with the leg, mostly down into my knee.  That pain is most likely due to the limping and thus stressing the joint "differently", according to Thom the amazing paramedic.  So it's just going to take some time.  In case you're wondering, the impact spot is amazingly colorful.

If you look closely you can see the "line" running down the middle -- I'm pretty sure that's the seam of my coveralls that I was wearing at the time.

So Anita has been working with the girls.  Spider is still at Jen's and doing fantastic.  Shirley is at home and doing just as well.  Anita's even gotten on Shirley the last 2 days (walk only) at the farm without any incidents or nervousness!  I'm just hoping to be well enough to hop on her at some point really soon!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Walnut Creek Pony Club Horse Trials

Our last event of the season is Sunday at the Walnut Creek Pony Club Horse Trials outside Cincinnati.  Noble will be making his Beginner Novice debut.  Ride times finally came out and I'm major excited.  Because we're not stabling AND because I was told the course wouldn't be available to walk until Sunday, I had envisioned having to get up at 4am to pick Noble up, drive just over an hour to the show grounds, walk my courses and be ready for a butt-crack of dawn dressage ride.  Thankfully that is NOT the case!!

Dressage: 12:03
Stadium: 1:13
XC: 2:13

Plus, the time change is this weekend.  So not only am I getting to "sleep in" til about 7, but I'll have an extra hour of sleep too!

In other news, the girls are doing well.  Ella took Spider this week to a lesson with Rob (hunter trainer) and he was VERY positive and really liked her a lot.  Ella does too.  Last night we split them up -- Spider staying at iTolt and Shirley coming home.  When I last saw Spider, Ella had a pink sheet on her with her bright rainbow colored peace sign decorated sleezy hood on.  It was very cute.  Shirley is doing well too.  The last 2 days she was as iTolt she had to deal with a lot of "new" stuff that pushed her out of her comfort zone, and while we had to take things slow, both Anita and I agree that slow is better.  Shirley did relax in all the situations eventually and I think she's smart enough that she'll retain what she's learned.  She's not exactly happy now as she is home with a small fuzzy midget-boy for company (an icelandic gelding named Logi).

Just a reminder, if you ordered a turkey, they'll be ready for pick up late afternoon/evening on Saturday, November 17th.