It has been one of those weeks. Already.
I guess I should start at the beginning, doing my best to make this short and sweet. On the 2nd of January 2007, my gray mare, Sonora was off. I gave her 4 days of rest, rode her Saturday and she felt fine. She was off again on Sunday the 7th. I gave her up until the 16th to rest. Got her out. Did some light riding. She felt good; but was grouchy. I free-worked her on Wednesday and she was amazing! Playing and bucking and kicking. So I decided to take her with me to the barrel race that Thursday. I didn’t want to enter her, just simply take her to ride her. She did great. But then, sadly, Friday morning came and she could barely walk.
Monday I called the DVM that I used in college. They got me in for Tuesday morning. So I get up at 5:45 to make it to Granbury, TX by 9:30. I get there and there are 3 horses in front of me. We wait. And wait. By about 10:45 he gets to me, asks me what was wrong, how she’d been feeling, symptoms and all. He makes his way from left to right going over her legs and body with his finely tuned hands. Gets to her right knee and says, “Well there’s the problem. She’s got stripling of the carpi radius.” Um, ok doc. Basically that means she’s got a torn tendon. Radiographs were next on the agenda. Those two photos showed that she had not only torn one of the tendons in the front of her knee, but that she had torn one of them in the back too. The good news is she’ll heal up to be 100%. The bad news is that she’s on a MINIMUM of 30 days stall rest. I finally make it home by 2pm and am exhausted.
I would like to say that so far 2007 has been productive. For the most part I’ve stayed true to my 2006-and 2007 resolutions of “if it’s not horse-related I don’t need it”. However, this week due to all my other issues to take care of- like having riding lessons Monday and making my bi-weekly trip to the feed store, have forced me to not get anything done that I need to get done. Like ride these colts, Shuttle and my outside horse Jewel. I am feeling once again like I’m just halfway doing things. I’ve also, in the last five days or so, had to add 5 people to my list of riding lesson students. I don’t have enough horses to help all these people at the moment, nor do I have the time. When it gets to be Daylight Saving Time, which thankfully happens in early March this year, I will be able to do what I need to, hopefully. I still won’t be able to fit everyone in for lessons, as I’m going to start making getting more horses to ride a bigger priority. Don’t get me wrong, I love shaping the lives and attitudes of the future horsemen of America, but when I’ve only got 5 hours of daylight, and that many horses to ride (5), I can’t very well spend 3 hours each day giving lessons. Sigh.
I’m sure that someday, something will give. In the meantime, I can no longer ask my husband when I can quit my day job, as he went OFF on me the other night for asking. He told me that he was tired of me making him feel bad for not making enough money. I hardly think me having a discussion with him about the current state of my business is cause to make him feel bad, but if he says so… He said he would tell me when I could quit. Nice. I am losing faith that that day will ever come. I think I’ll be working like a dog until I die.