Defeat, Doubts & Decisions Part 3

I didn’t know what to do.

(This is a continuation from Part 1 and Part 2)

I had just been told I have a neck issue & to “bounce less.”

I’m not sure if you’re all up to speed on the BadEventer ponies, but some of them are REALLY freaking bouncy.

This neck thing had showed up on a perfect day where everything was going well. There was no trauma involved……at all

and I ended up in an ambulance.

What the hell was I supposed to do now?

I decided my days of riding 7 horses a day were over & I should sell most of them. I decided I’d consider keeping two of them.

Worst case the two that stayed could be trail horses or pasture ornaments…..

And then I remembered that I supposedly sell horses for a living & haven’t actually been able to sell a horse in – um………..  years.

I have so many people comment about what nice lovely talented horses I have….. you think I could sell one…… but that’s a blog for another day (future blog on selling horses called Cryptonite)

But even if I’m going to sell them, they still have to be in work, so I still have to ride them….

The day after my ambulance ride I tried to do a few trot sets.

I got on the first horse and when I started trotting the world started spinning and the next thing I knew I had my arms wrapped around her neck, thinking, “don’t fall off, don’t fall off, don’t fall off.”

It passed and amazingly I was able to do a 20 minute trot set.

But by the time I got on horse number two, the peanut gallery flagged me down, said I looked like ten miles of bad road and promptly sent me home.

So then…….officially grounded, I scratched the horses from the next show and sat around pondering the nature of the universe.

After several days, I gave it another try and managed to ride a couple horses on the flat.

Over a couple of weeks, I basically just built back up to where I had been and started jumping again.

I have no idea what set my neck off that day, but whatever it was the issue clearly isn’t new. There’s really no telling when it will be a problem.

So for now, I’m back in the saddle.

I just ran a 3 star, so for the moment I’m back to full speed.

I really don’t know how long that will last, but then none of us do,


Carpe Diem.


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