Olympus Ranch Stables

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Horse day deluxe

So today was such a wonderful day! The weather, gorgeous and the horses... feeling neglected! My first venture was Varro in the round pen. We did 30 min of round penning. He was super "fresh!" Once he calmed down we got some solid direction changes as well as some really good up AND down transitions. He did quite well! We then did "move the haunches." This was a new move for us but Varro caught on quickly! At first he was very complainy about moving his hind end over but soon found out if he didn't move quickly with a good attitude something bit his butt! HAHAHA We then worked on a few backing exercises to cool down. Varro was such a good boy! He got a good grooming/rinse off and then got to go into the big turnout!
 
 

Apollo got a Spa Day. He was shedding something fierce! Once he dried off (mostly) he got to go into the big turnout too. Both boys will get to stay out there for the next week or so! And of course the both rolled the instant they hit the turnout! Oh well, the weather is getting better and better! Baths every weekend!

 
 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The New, New Normal

For the past 2 or 3 years I have been joking around (kind of) that the back pain I have is my new normal. Well, after my appointment this afternoon I have high hopes of a new, new normal that doesn't involve so much pain! After a rather lengthy visit with the Dr we came up with a plan to help minimize my pain and increase my activity level! Today I got acupuncture tacks in my ears..... Yes, that's right in my ears! They are just like those little circle band aids except the have a tiny needle in the center. There are 3 band aid tacks in each ear that I am to wear for the next 4-7 days. Whenever the pain gets "too intense" I am to lightly press on the top band aid tack for 5 seconds to get some relief. Cool eh?

The second tool in my search for a new normal is a machine that has electrodes to attach to the areas in my back that hurt. It sends pulses of electricity that tense the muscles and helps the nerves. I used it on the ride home and felt soooo much better for about 20 minutes! I'll take it!

The last item is, I got a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection. This is going to be a 3 step process. The second injection is scheduled for 6 weeks from now. During this 6 week period, I can do NO impact/very low impact exercises like Yoga, elliptical or water aerobics. I connot ride :-( I am also to keep a Activity/Pain Journal to let the Dr know how this tratment is working. The moral of this story is, I am on my way to a new, new normal!

The plan for the boys is to do a lot of ground work with them and a lot of de-spooking. I can't wait to get back into the saddle again! 6 weeks and counting!