It has been two months since my near tragic riding accident in which I fell, then my horse Knight fell after he “donuted” out of control when his bit got stuck on the stirrup iron. When this happened we weren’t doing anything crazy–I was sitting on him, talking to a friend after our riding lesson.
If you didn’t hear about our dangerous bit + stirrup iron = disaster and want to get up to speed on the blog post that spread like wildfire, check it out.
We’ve both been on the mend and I’m happy to report that during his last visit, the equine chiropractor said he thought on a pain scale of 1-10 (one being low, 10 being high), Knight was a 1.
“Last time I saw him he was about a 6.”
Hmm. . . that must have been why he was backing up and throwing his head in the air when I dismounted him in the weeks after our fall. More on that in a future blog post in which I explore my Fear of Dismounting My Horse.
I am physically doing better too, although my right wrist still feels tight. And trying to do push ups is a bit painful, as is holding (not lifting) the bar for weights when I do squats during Body Pump. Something about the angle of how my hand and wrist have to curve in order to balance the bar on my upper back is just not good.
Oh, and my right stirrup still feels longer than my left–my hips are a little off kilter.
But other than those annoyances, I’m doing really well.
When I last saw my chiropractor (about six weeks post accident) he said that I should continue to ice my wrist and he believes it was sprained. I had never realized how much work my right wrist does until it’s been so sensitive.
Pour coffee–use right wrist.
Brush teeth–use right wrist.
Scoop dog food–use right wrist. (You get the picture.)
Changes to Our Riding Routine Based on Our Fall
At the suggestion of the equine chiropractor and my trainer, I’ve made a few changes to Knight’s routine when I ride. (Affiliate links below.)
- Spray Knight with Sore No More Liniment on his back and along the withers where the saddle goes prior to tacking up.
- Lunge him for about five minutes before I ride.
- After I ride, turn him out in paddock for a few minutes to roll. (I had done this frequently before our fall, but now I try to do this every time.)
- After he’s cleaned up apply Sore No More Gelotion in the saddle area again.
Tangent: Have you smelled the Sore No More Gelotion? It’s amazing! Like applesauce or something from a Thanksgiving feast!
I’m not a major fan of lunging, but what seems to work well for Knight is to untacked, in his halter only, go for 2.5-3 minutes per direction in order to warm himself up and stretch.
He will walk a few circles, then trot (most of the time), then canter one or two rotations. We repeat that process on the other side. I think he really loves it and he feels great when I first get on. I’m sure he’s relived to get to stretch without my weight on his back.
And I’m relieved we’re both doing so well. This summer we have not made amazing progress in our training; there have been no horse shows, for example, but that’s okay. We’re both healthy and happy.
Last night I was alone with Knight at the barn for about 20 minutes prior to our ride. It was almost that golden hour and I could hear a few birds singing. I noticed his pretty dapples as I brushed him, and I then fed him some watermelon rind, his ears perked as he heartily devoured the pink and green delicacy. And I thought about how blessed I am and the enjoyment I have from the overall horse experience.
Progress will come in time, and there are always more lessons and horses shows. I enjoy my horse even in the small moments, and what could be better than that?
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Thank you for reading! Please comment: Have you ever had to make changes to your horse routine based on an accident/injury? What were the change and how did that work out for you?