So I fell today. Three times. And no, I have still not ridden so it was not off the back of a horse. I fell trying to GET to my horse. Sigh. It snowed yesterday and Friday, neither day a ton, just a few inches total. Just enough to be super slippery and slick, especially combined with the sun and its melting effects today.
I have had Gen at the same barn for years now and I have learned to NOT drive up the driveway because I have gotten stuck so many times! For some reason more so than any other barn I have been at this driveway is just the perfect mixture of incline and narrowness that makes it impossible for my normal sized car to make it to the barn. So I have learned to park at the end of the driveway and just walk up.
Today I was all excited because it was beautiful out, nice and sunny with a clear blue sky. I knew it would be the perfect day to take my yearly snow pictures of Gen gallivanting in a winter wonderland. All I need to do is take off his halter and Gen knows it is time to play. So I was day dreaming of the great shots I was going to get as I walked up the mini hill to the barn when the first fall happened. My feet just slid out from under me and I fell to my knees. I was okay, just startled.
As I got to the field Gen was waiting for me at the gate. I grabbed him and gave him a nice grooming, broke the ice in his water and brought him back out for his photo shoot. Gen knew right away what I was doing so he started to carry on right away…and then he started to slip. I have noticed that even though he is barefoot he gets snowballs so I told him to stop playing. He agreed after a little bribe of some cookies and a neck scratch. I went to get his halter to put back on him and as I was walking up I started to slip again. This time I was on a big hill, but I was also close enough to my horse so I grabbed Gen to save me. He is such a good egg that he just stood there was I pulled his hair until I got my feet under me again.
I walked very slowly and carefully back down the driveway but just as my car was in sight I fell again! This one was a doozy. At the end of the driveway is a little hill. I just started going down when my feet started to slide. In an effort to save myself I tried to take a step to save myself, but to no avail. I was falling hard right on my back so I threw my right hand down to stop the fall. As my had made contact with the snow covered gravel I thought I was going to be okay…until my hand slipped and I fell and hit my head. Ouch!
I am glad that at least some of my momentum was stopped by my hand, but now my hand, arm and shoulder are killing me! So is my back and my head. I knew horses were dangerous, but who knew just going to see my horse would put me in peril! The upside to being covered in snow is that at least I got ice right on my booboos. I think I am going to wear a different pair of boots to the barn tomorrow because the ones I had on today were clearly not cutting it!