Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bad news/good news

I am going on 10 weeks of sciatica now...finally getting physical therapy. It's helping, but they are adamant that riding will set me back. Guess I will wait a few more weeks. I haven't been blogging. I don't want my blog to turn into a "woe is me" type of thing. My head hasn't been into how I could keep that from happening. Although I am still struggling with cultivating a more positive attitude, I've decided it's time to blog again. Who knows...maybe the act of blogging will help me get through another few weeks of no saddle time.

Good things have been happening to me. I've been losing weight. I'm up to 16 lbs lost now. That is 10% of my body weight. Feels good. I have another 12 lbs to go and then I'm satisfied. I'm not trying to be the size 4 of my youth. I don't want to work that hard ;) Besides, I like to eat. I'm walking every day now except for the day I line dance. I have to be careful with the dancing because I think that's what kicked off the sciatica. Wasn't line dancing though. It was 2-stepping. I think it was most likely all the turns. Don't think I was doing it correctly. Torqued myself or something. I can't pin down the exact moment because it didn't happen like that. One minute I was fine. The next I wasn't. All I'm really sure of is that it did not happen on horseback.

Sarah and Bay competed in OHSET again last weekend. They came in 4th this time. Such a weird group of placings. First meet they were 1st. Second meet they were 24th. Third meet they were 4th. Wish the judging had been more consistent. At any rate they ended up 3 points away from going to state. Instead they are the 1st alternate for our district. Pretty good for Sarah's freshman year and Bay's first time doing OHSET.

They are competing this weekend at AIM at the Hood. Sarah signed up quite some time ago. At the time she signed up for training level. Don't think she felt ready for 1st level. She's quite conservative. She's been showing 1st level at OHSET, so I think she is finally convinced they are ready for it.

I took advantage of the good weather this past weekend to give Boo his first bath of 2010! Of course it's raining now, so he's probably muddy again.

I also got my DH to give me a trailering lesson. I asked him last summer, but it never happened. This year I'm pushing him. I'm going to give Jocelyn the credit for this lesson. It was her buying her own trailer, and then hauling Star out to trail ride, and eventually over to Madras for her endurance ride that inspired me. I'm gonna do it again this weekend. Guess you can teach an old gal new tricks. Heh heh...had my 57th birthday on Saturday.


  1. Happy Birthday!! and hang in there... I know it is tuff to be stuck on the ground. Things always seem so much better from on top of a horse. Keep up the PT and sending you thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery :)

  2. Happy birthday and congratulations on your weight loss!!

    You have been busy in spite of your sciatica. Good for you. I hope the physio gives you relief soon.

  3. Thanks ladies. The physical therapy actually is helping, but as Steph said "things always seem so much better from on top of a horse."

  4. Pooh on no riding! But glad the therapy is working. Our CEC girls were phenomenal in OHSET this year. I only hope Mick doesn't ruin Bay for Sarah. (joke) Real women drive trucks and haul horse trailers. You go girl!

  5. You are too funny !

    I am so glad you will be trailering more, we have lots of trails to blaze !

  6. Sorry you have not been able to ride...nut you have to wait until you have entirely healed or it will be worse!!! learn how to drive the trailer, it's not that hard!