Nasty Friday The 13th

With gory picture.

Gorgeous start on the day.  Rain had stopped.  Silver Fog, my favorite, mostly because we’re above the fog-line and it’s so rare.

morning light in tack room
Tack room, early winter morning.

Valiosa did some pole work, and had a “winter cleanup” before getting a clean blanket.  It’s easy to do, even with cold water – just a bucket with some tea tree oil and a good splash of cheap liniment (it’s mostly rubbing alcohol which is good for cutting through grease) in the water.

Great for after a workout when they’re warmed throughout, to remove winter funk without having to bathe and dry.

Then Friday The 13th kicked in.

Lunged a horse with a history of pulling away.  He still lunged really beautifully, and calmly.  Until he didn’t.

Gory pick warning!



broken finger from lunge line
Now, it’s way more purple than this. And large.  Yes, broken.

Just a little dent, that’ll buff right out!

Yesterday I got the wedding ring cut.  😦  X-ray says a good size crack, with luck there’ll be a visit to an Orthopedic Surgeon this week.  (Or how about NOW, please?)


You’re in luck!  It’ll finally be a quiet period from me.

Although I’m hoping to announce something special later this week!

Until then, wanna help me put shoes on?

23 thoughts on “Nasty Friday The 13th

    1. Well, you know me – I think pretty much anything is worth a try 🙂
      Going to take while before I can really do much of anything though. The thought of just bumping it is horrid right now. Once I get back out, I’ll have to start mucking. If that goes well, neck reining, here we come 🙂 !

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  1. Owee owee owee…but, it’s a good excuse to buy some nice new slip-on clogs! In the meantime, you can read this neat stuff I just accidentally ran across this week to reinforce what Philippe Karl said about which side of the horse your weight should influence…my trained handed me an ancient 2001 issue of Dressage Today and said I might want to read about how to train counter canter (trying to get past First Level and all that…).. Lo and behold, there was also another great article dealing with horse/rider balance which said, among other things:

    “When the weight of the body is transferred into the direction of the lateral movement, it will support the effect of the outside leg because the horse will try to step under the center of gravity of the rider.” (Alois Podhajsky)

    “Beware of the so-called shoulder-in, so frequently seen, in which the rider pulls on the inside rein while leaning on the same side, with his leg drawn back to jab the horse with the spur, which forces the poor animal to move laterally while twisted, and which takes all impulsion away from the horse, leading to resistance against the rider.” (Nuno Oliveria)

    “In the shoulder-in, the rider must therefore often work more with the outside rein and leg and even put his weight more on the outside so as to always remain in control and be able to determine the degree of sideways travel of the horse’s outside legs, because the correct and unforced stepping over of the inside legs primarily depends on this.” (Gustav Steinbrecht)

    Gee whiz, if these three greats of classical horse training are all on the same page then there must be something to it! 🐴🐎

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    1. Yes, I need clogs or something…

      I’m a firm believer that they to a certain extent knew how to train horses better back then. Or almost. The old master’s words still hold true…


    2. Argh, it published before I was done!
      I’m really not that happy with the phone right now and this finger…
      And now the rest of it is a erased. Oh my…
      Said something to the effect that maybe they had more time and interest in horses back then. Well it’s a box of worms. Many experts now too of course


  2. It’s the chance to get that wedding ring set you’ve had your eye on for awhile. 🙂 Once your finger gets set and splinted, it shouldn’t keep you off the saddle. What you do is sacrifice a pair of riding gloves by cutting off the ring finger from the glove, then wrap your splinted finger with some gauze (not too tight). Tara rode a half season with a hairline fracture in her right wrist. Deborah rode a full season with sprained knee ligments (MCL+ACL) 4 yrs ago but won a slew of blue ribbons. (She wasn’t supposed to ride but did anyway.) Elizabeth rode the 2015 nationals with a badly bruised foot, last June & July with a bad wrist sprain.

    Though the girls aren’t competing till Monday night’s GP, they’ve been helping Mark and Trish coach up their five juniors riding in the hunter classes. They’ve enjoyed the teaching. Elizabeth, who’s not fond of teaching, has become mom hen with the juniors on the course walkthroughs. The juniors listen to her every word.

    Stay well.

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    1. Wedding ring must be replaced for sure! I think it will take a very long time until anyone can actually get a ring on that finger though… Can’t wait.
      Riding with my crushed finger? Or even handling the horse… Sure thing even up to 15 years ago. Bruised , strained, hairline fractured, okidoki. This break, at my healing rate, going to take a while to be able to bridle up… 🤕🤕


      1. In baseball, you would be on the 60-day DL. 🙂
        Anyway, the first half of Deborah’s riding clinic on paper off saddle. The second half does require some work on saddle. The daughters did very, very well in the GP. Today, they started back for their last semester at uni.

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        1. 🙂 I’ll be off saddle for some time. To be honest, I’m not sure just yet how I’d even get on. All those small little things we do with our bodies to make everything work… Enough with just one piece of the puzzle missing and suddenly life is all snail pace 🙂
          Your girls have super busy lives! While most college students study, hang out with friends, maybe have a little side kick job and hit the gym sometimes – they’re out the training full time and competing in the Grand Pix. Impressive!


  3. Oh My Gosh! The exact same thing happened to me with my own horse, years ago. Broken finger, ortho surgery. Listen to your body and safety for handling horses. I know there are people who will say, I jumped a 3* with a broken collar bone and 5 chipped vertebrae’s . Or sawed off my cast on my leg and rode. Those people are bona fide crazy! I found a wrapped finger, sticking up at a odd angle, and one you couldn’t bend. Very difficult to even handle a horse on the ground. If you have problems getting dressed, magnify that by 100 the difficulty of haltering and even lunging. Valisoa will get a vacation, and you will heal. Repeat the mantra…it will be ok. Best wishes, and a speedy recovery.

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    1. Thank you Carol 🙌🙌🎖
      Yes to this!!!
      ALL horse people are tough. But there are cases where it’s simply NOT going to work!
      I do self care, and had my two young boys help me muck today. Still, my other arm is on the brink of going down from simply being overworked for 3 days. Insisting on picking feet was a small mountain to climb. They helped me with the cross ties, the gates, the halter. Doing real work is not going to work for a while, just like you say!!! I tried a light exercise lunge, NOT recommended with a young, cooped up horse. A prescription for another injury.
      I think with help, the riding would be my least worry. It’s the SAFE HANDLING on the ground that’s the biggest hurdle. 💣🏇


  4. Holy Toledo, girlfriend! That thing’s nasty!

    At my last barn, I was helping out one of the ladies with her gelding by lunging and riding. One day, as I switched the line from one side of the bit to the other, I could see the horse giving “the look.” Sure enough, as soon as I stepped back, he bolted. My hand instinctively closed on the line and he jerked me off my feet and through the air. Once I landed, I let go of the line, but not before getting a mouthful of dirt.

    Fortunately, all I suffered was a little bruise to my ego. I hope your finger heals lightening fast; you’ve already been on the DL – no need for more. Give us an update soon. Hugs to you!

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    1. Hugs back Karen! You’re always so supportive, much appreciated. I peek in often, following along in the rollercoaster with Izzy. Said it before, and I think it’s worth saying again – you’re doing a fantastic job! The challenges are many but I think it represents everything we love so much as amateurs – the struggle to keep on improving, and the sweet feeling when things finally DO. He’s such a handsome boy, and all worth it!

      I’ve lunged for years now, many different horses, at many different barns. Sure, once in a while some outbursts, but this one was like nothing ever before. Very calculated. And effective 😦
      Glad you didn’t get dragged that time!


  5. Oh dear. Far too common an accident, unfortunately. Happened to a good friend of mine, an experienced lunger, too. With horses, these things happen FAST. I’m so very sorry it happened to you! I guess some small comfort that you will be off of Valiosa during the horrid, nasty, muddy rainy season? At least it didn’t happen during prime riding time…You and she will come right back into condition, better than ever. So sorry and take good care of yourself.

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    1. Thank you – and yes, very grateful not to be all fiberglass-bandaged up during months of 100+ F
      It’s amazing, all these hours on the lunge, with different horses, and I’ve never even been CLOSE to hurting anything on my hand. Gloves, technique, and safe thinking always seemed to be enough.
      See, a sport that keeps one humble – priceless 🙂

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