Thursday, March 11, 2010

Between a Rock and a Hard Spot

Winter turning to Spring pasture...

I'm sure that I mentioned that I had fallen and fractured 2 ribs.  That was in January, all was healing and although I was not 100%, I was feeling better by the day.  That was, until last week.  I had the horse in the barn and was cleaning feet.  They get nasty this time of year, and both the mule and the horse have developed a little thrush problem.

In the above photos are:
Polly (the mule's) foot in wet corral conditions and 
Rhett (the Horse) doing what he loves to do best ... eat!

Anyway, Back to the story.  It seems that my streak of clumsiness and  being in the wrong place at the wrong time continues to haunt me.  Those of you with horses know how, even when doing it properly, being under a 1000+ pound horse /mule puts you in a somewhat vulnerable position.  Okay, now add the fact that at that very moment a huge chunk of frozen snow decides to fall off the barn roof!  Within seconds the normally good-ground- mannered horse lurches forward and slams me into the stall door.  Damage redone.   Some would say (like my husband Toma and my doctor) that I probably shouldn't have been there in the first place, but I had already been doing this for about a week with no ill-effects.  No one to blame, but maybe myself, and so here I am again with very sore, but re-healing ribs.  This is going to be one long winter-into-spring season!  AND Lots of extra work for my very helpful husband, who already leaves for work in the dark and gets home in the dark.  Now he gets to do my barn chores too!

Here are just a few random photos of my friends looking very discussed, dirty and bored because their chief cook and bottle washer is once again on temporary leave of absence! 

I can't help but hope for a little help 
from good Old Mother Nature.
Because of these two old guys
I'm hoping for a gentle winter to spring transition! 


  1. I must say the mule looks sad about it all. And the horse is sleeping as if to remind you it wasn't his fault.

    I suppose maybe anything would have jumped if a big sheet of snow slid down the roof and fell off. I would.

    I do hope you get to feeling better real soon and that your husband don't wear out before you get yourself reconditioned.

  2. Oh no! Sorry to hear of your injuries. I hope you take it easy and heal quickly. I like the up shot of Polly.

  3. Healing thoughts coming your way. I hope you have something for the pain!

    Isn't it funny how we know better but try to never stop even though we are injured.

  4. Ouch MJ~~
    I am taking this as a reminder NOT to do certain things as soon as I feel better. My doc told me six weeks!

    Your hubby gets a prize for being patient and understanding.
    Please heal didn't rebreak them did you?

  5. The new x-rays showed damage to the same two ribs. Lets just say I didn't help them any! But thanks to some help from the pain meds. the doctor gave me I'm feeling better already.

  6. So sorry about you injuries. Re-injury is really not funny. I am proud of your husband. He is doing your chores too. He probably is glad to do it to keep you safe.

  7. BLAST it all! So sorry to read of this event for you..the same two! Well , they were weak.
    It is so true...sometimes the fact that we choose to be horsey or mulely does give us the disadvantage of getting hurt. It can happen to anyone at anytime.

    Hope you are feeling somewhat better!
    I got to ride with a mule this past darned good looking they are...someday I must meet some in person and get to know it!It was so it walked down the longer ears, just loosely flopped two and fro!! I LOVED THAT!

    heal up!!Your husband needs help in the barn!