Even this ribbon whore has limits…

Do you all have any idea how much I wanted to go to Championships? They have custom ribbons! And my class was less than 10 so as long as I stayed on I would get one of those beautiful custom ribbons. I wanted it so badly.

Reality set in last night though. I had planned to wait until tonight to ride, but with such severe weather predicted I figured that since I was at Lucky’s last night I might as well try to ride.

And boy am I glad that I did.

Because I can’t do it. I can’t ride right now. At least not with two hands.

Trying to tack up on my own was interesting enough, but the comedy of errors continued when I got in the saddle.

It had never occurred to me that the splint for my finger might cause a problem. Sure it is bulky and longer than my finger, but how much difference could an inch make? Apparently it can make a big difference.

I got on and turned left and as lucky turned her neck it bumped in to my injured finger. OUCH. The pain was so bad it literally took my breath away and made me nauseous like I had gotten the wind knocked out of me. Not one to be easily deterred (or more aptly a seriously stubborn ribbon junkie) I tried to keep riding. As the reins were slipping through my hands because of lack of grip I raised my hands higher to keep them well clear of her neck…which caused her to lift her head. So then I tried opening my left rein, and like the good little dressage horse she is becoming Lucky bent left and dropped her head down. Ouch again.

It took me all of 2 minutes in the tack to realize that I am not superwoman.

I am very, very glad I tried riding at home because it would have sucked to go all that way and still not be able to make it in the show ring.

I think it is easier knowing that I really didn’t have a choice on this one. I physically couldn’t do it. Just one week ago today I was thinking out neck ribbons, and now I am just hoping I can ride again soon.

I love this GMO too…even when calling up to scratch, which I did while I was still at the barn and in pain so I wouldn’t get crazy thoughts later, they were so nice to me. Wishing me well and asking if they could do anything to help. So I am totally bummed, but I know I have no other choice. All I can hope for now is to feel better by October 13th for the next show I want to go to…

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6 thoughts on “Even this ribbon whore has limits…

  1. I’m sorry that you can’t go to championships for that GMO … what a bummer. I hope your hand feels better soon and you can catch the next show.

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