Sunday, June 23, 2013

Spoke too soon!

Ya'll know that whole "Joey's going really well thing"?  Welp, I spoke too soon.



He bucked me off on Saturday and I ate dirt.  Hard.

One evening and a whole day in hospital later and I have a cast on my left arm from my fingers to my shoulder.  I have fractured all three bones in my elbow - the radius, ulna and humorous, have a random floating bone chip, plus some contusion of the ligaments at the back of the elbow.  Thanks Joey...

The long story short (as I can't type very well) is that he was being a brat and didn't want to continue on our canter circle past the other horses, so spun and bucked at the same time and tossed me off.

We've hit the next level of resistance, and it's just too bad that he managed to ditch me at this point.  I don't know quite how we are going to address this, but ground work will be a big must as he is not listening.  I could theorise as to the reasons why, but when it comes down to it, he is a horse that doesn't want to work.

It's not because he's in pain - his tack fits, and his feet and teeth are done regularly.  It could be because of his past experiences, but I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that he is very intelligent and is extremely fond of getting his own way, and as I mentioned previously, he doesn't like hard work.    How to change his attitude there is the part I am totally stuck on.  I'm not sure where to go from here, but I will ponder and come back to that later.  For now, I am looking at potentially 6 weeks+ before I can ride again, *le sigh* so for now -

See ya!
b.

3 comments:

  1. That sucks so much, I hope you heal quickly and completely.

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  2. Oh ouch! So sorry! So six weeks to formulate a plan. I think you're right about maybe doing some ground work but what kind of ground work I'm not sure. I watched people at my barn spend EIGHT HOURS yesterday in a ground work clinic. Must be something to it. Get better soon!

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  3. Thanks L. and Story! I will update when I have a plan. : )

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