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sorry for the all lower case type- i am now one handed for a week or so.
today fasha and i were out for our final hard workout before the iaha
nat ctr in ga this weekend.
we were comming back along a dirt stone road -with some rock-- but
trottable.. when we were passed by a truck full of big barking dogs.. i
should have been walking.. but fasha who never shys took a step off the
road hit a rock and went down --hard on both knees and hit her nose..
i thought she was going tp flip over..she recovered.. but i did not
and was catapulted over her head as it came back up..
i remember seeing the road.. then the next thing i was on my back
looking up at her.
i hit my head -in a helmet- first impact then as i flipped over i hit
my left shoulder hard..
was a bit dazed.. when i realized i was laying there holding her rope
birdle hack i use-- a device i took from the pasos..
since she was in shock too she did not run off..took me 10 or 15 sec to
get up --fell once wobles--weeble--
i grabed her breast collar and realized my left arm did not
function...i pleaded with her not to run off.. i was in the gee creek
wilderness.. no telling where she would go..
i put here bridle back on with one hand --asking for a head drop---
thank you mr lyons..
i noted she had blood on both knees and ankles.. not too bad..
we walked to a spring.. where i could get water for me and to wash her
legs off -- nothing deep just hide cuts-- cleaned her up and sat there
for a few minutes..a bit shocky..
now i felt the shoulder-- moved my arm and almost fell.. wow ..
knew something was broke..
2 miles to the parking lot.. walked a bit but no good..had to mount..
now in natrc a judge named bev tibbits use to ask for a one arm mount..
i thought sure.. well i thought i would see if it could be done-- so a
few months ago i worked at it.. fasha would take a small step or shift
and i would fall back..so we never got it to work out all the way..
now here i am -- must mount-- so i asked her to parkout.. held the reins
in my mouth.. and asked for here to stand..i got up with one hand
pulling and the bad one as a steadying out rigger.. it hurt but we got
up.. and she stood until i had both feet in the stirrups.. then we
dont know if she knew i was hurt-- and or all that 'training' we have
been doing for the 'silly' natrc horsemanship really did pay off.. so i
guess something good came out of me doing natrc with her the past 3
yrs--what ever -- we made it back to the trailer.. a bit weezy..
i left the saddle on.. got her halter on and opened the trailer door--
threw the rope over her saddle and told her get in.. again thanks john
l-- she was side ways to the stall-- turned and walked on..first time i
one and half- hand driving with a stick shift-- we got home..
i normally carry a crash kit on the saddle-- this time it was not there
-i moved it all to the saddle i used last weekend..
i carry arnica pills and calendula tint and rescue rem -- and other
normal first aide stuff.. oh well need a kit on every saddle
carol just came home and we worked on fasha first.. she appears ok and
but me -- i have a compession fracture of the left shoulder.. really
painfull.. doing alot of arinca.. ice and magnetics.
went to er-- where carol works in xray doc said will be about 3
weeks..and there is no fix..just a mashed shoulder socket.. will be a
so no iaha ctr.. just hope i can get together for the od50... could be
tough and i dont have a crew..will see how it heels..
anyway i will get a new helmet-- and the head seems ok.. sore neck
but spinal issues..
this is my very first down time injury ever-- been doing this since 72--
only been dumped off a horse about 10 times--never hurt--just lucky
at least i will get all those hrm repairs done now.. cant ride..
and get my carbo reports written.. i need the speach to type program
real bummer after such a great run at biltmore
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