Olympus Ranch Stables

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Light at the end of the tunnel

First off I must apologize for my lack of posting. It is time to come clean....

I have a serious back injury (not horse related) that makes it hard for me to even walk most mornings. It is getting worse at an alarming rate. It has been a major hit to my motivational level and I am not able to ride at all. I am starting to get frustrated and hate not being active and outdoors! I finally got an appointment with the VA (Veteran's Administration) for my back. I have been referred to the VA Spinal Clinic for further testing. (MRI, Epidural Injections or even surgery) In the mean time I have been put on a new medication that is supposed to help, but not make me feel loopy. I have been taking it for a week and I think it is helping. The first day I felt a MAJOR difference, but the longer I take it, the less of a difference I feel. I am hoping to get a ride in today... Stay turned and we'll see.

Part Two:

I ended up having a great day today. I did not get and saddle time but did some wonderful ground work with Varro. We played the "5-4-3-2-1 Game" and then did a great deal of desensitization games. All in all we were at it for just over an hour. Varro was one big sweaty mess by the time we were done so I walked Aspen out and put her in the round pen while Varro was tied to the trailer. He got a good grooming and loved every second of it.

Last week I rearranged my fencing panels to prepare for Aspen to foal out. While Aspen and Varro are connected at the hip now, they will not be once she foals. I am trying to prepare for that now, before the winter rains come. I still need to get some wood to partially enclose the large shelter. I will post some pictures next week.

So, I will be doing more with the horses now that I am on some new meds and feeling better.