Saturday, January 12, 2019

New Direction

Halla and I have some work to do. I'm going to take her to a lesson today (thank goodness my driveway is clear) but no riding.

Why no riding? Well, yesterday she dumped me and I hit the ground hard right on the packed gravel. She spooked and bolted and I tried my darndest to stay on. I had a decent grip with my right hand (wounded shoulder) in her mane but I was dangling off her left side with no control over the reins. I'm just not strong enough.

So I'm going to get some help making a plan to help Halla be more comfortable with everything. To be honest, she isn't even totally comfortable with me moving suddenly in the saddle or waving my arm on one side. I've just been stealing rides, really.

I'm also going to start working on getting stronger. If I wasn't so weak from all this time babying all my injuries I would have stayed on. I'm not sure how to do that without hurting myself, so I may have to hire yet another professional. $$$

All this when I've had to cut my hours at work due to headaches. It allows time to do it all, but I worry a little about finances. It's cheaper than ER visits though...

Question for you: The Troxel helmet pictured above broke pretty badly. All the way through the styrofoam in three places. Do you think that means it did its job well, giving so my head wouldn't? Or, would a stronger helmet that just compressed and cracked less (Tipperary) be better? Or is that more like hitting your head on a hard object? Either way, nothing keeps your brain from sloshing around in your head... I am pretty dizzy & off balance today but overall not as sore as I thought I would be.

Horsing around is hard sometimes. But I can't live without it.


Snipe said...
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Snipe said...

Sounds like you took a pretty bad fall, and the helmet took the brunt of it. Seems like it did its job just fine, but you could always spring for the pricier one if that appears to be a better bet.

Hope you feel better soon.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

I guess it probably doesn't really matter, they're all rated the same. But I like to overthink things. :)

Linda said...

Geez, that helmet is a good advertisement for helmets!!! Yes, it sounds like she could use some training. I’m glad you’re okay.

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

Much better now. I'm surprised it's only taken me a week to feel mostly normal. I think I could do with a trip to the chiropractor to get my SI and atlas back in order though.