So I know that normal people wouldn’t even ponder this, but this is me! And it is Championships!
When I first heard the news that I couldn’t do more damage I was thrilled. I was so excited about going to the show. About an hour later though the reality set in. Could I do it?
Lucky has been worked this week. She got ridden by my trainer Sunday, Monday off, ridden by my friend Boomerang on Tuesday and my trainer again on Wednesday. She will get her toes done on Thursday and then I was going to try and ride on Friday. Try being the operative word. Not being able to close my hand is going to be hard. Right now all I can do is hold the reins with my pointer finger and thumb. Not exactly a classic position. It will be almost like I am waiving at the judge as I ride if my hand is not steady. Not ideal. Plus I have no idea if I can wear a glove. I am going to guess no. The doctors made it very clear I have to keep my finger splinted.
So issue number one is that I don’t know if I can ride. Issue number two is getting there. I have been driving my car with one hand no problem. I am not sure if I can back up my trailer one handed though. Forward and turning is no issue, but backing up…that could be tough. I have never been to this show grounds before so I don’t know what the set up is like. A tricky turn or backing up might be a problem. I thought about hiring someone to drive me, but with it being such short notice I am sure it would cost me a fortune…which I cannot afford to spent right now.
Issue number 3 I think I have taken care of. I was worried about braiding! How can you braid with one hand? I don’t think you can! One of my good friends offered to come in from out of town to help me! She said that she would braid and be my groom for the day so all I would need to worry about was driving and riding. Not that I am sure if I can do either of those, but it is nice to have help.
And of course issue number 4 would have been an issue no matter what. They are predicating a major rain storm Friday. Like and inch and a half of rain in 24 hours. Rain plus a 2 wheel drive truck plus grass does not equal anything good. Again, I have never been to this place, so I don’t know what parking is like but it could be an issue.
No matter what I am giving myself lots of outs. If I try riding on Friday and can’t, no show. If I hook up the trailer Friday and have problems, no show. I might be crazy, but I am not stupid!
So while I was super excited when I first found out, I am feeling less excited at the moment. The good news is that I have a show horse that I trust enough to even consider this. I would not have shown Gen without two good hands. I just want to have fun…so can I have fun with so many potential issues weighing me down?