“Tiny” Injury – Long Recovery Time

It’s been 4 weeks since the ring finger caught on the lunge line.

That’s a full month…  Yes, I’m counting.  The bone suffered not just a fracture,  but twisted and broke through.  These pins will stay in until March.

x ray with pins in finger bone

Thank you so much for all messages!  I’ve fallen behind on answering friends on what’s up, so thought it was time for an update here ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the current, 6th, outfit on the hand.  Heading in for an upgrade today.

ring finger fracture

Not really sure how much damage to the tendons – I’ll find out in mid March once physical therapy starts.  My group of men are dearer to me than ever.

family at restaurant

Valiosa is settling in at the new farm. Of course it’s completely normal to drive out there, just to put your horse in a stall and watch it eat.

pulling front shoes off
Another surprising benefit of this injury: Barefoot on all 4!

Today we walked out to meet the Murray Grey’s a little closer.

horse meeting cattle

It’s an enormous property, with trail riding capabilities (For when you’re not broken and able to control your beast), but it involves riding in and out of gates to the cows.  Without having a cow.

Stuck to the safe pond this time.  As you can see she was thrilled!sour looking horse

Regular mare look. It’s how she rolls.

It’s a little quiet right now.  That can actually be really motivating in itself.  If you let it.

30 thoughts on ““Tiny” Injury – Long Recovery Time

  1. Take care!!! I broke exactly the same finger about three months ago… extremely annoying, but have recently started using it for riding again. There’s hope!!! Your young lady looks very happy in her new home!

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    1. Thank you! Sounds encouraging! Did you have a ring to cut off too? I’m wondering if I’ll be able to get the swelling down to where I can wear one this summer ๐Ÿ™‚
      SO glad you can ride again!


  2. At least you got a dinner out. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Miss Valiosa seems not to mind the downtime. And, being shoeless is not bad.

    Deborah wants to know how well you’ve been doing on Part 1 of her riding clinic on paper and how you are doing with the visualization. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes, very happy to have the barefoot opportunity for some time. The footing is top notch GGT and she seems very comfortable on it.
      I’ve been working a lot with thinking through a really good ride. Especially practicing completely ignoring any mistakes (which in real life always happen), correct, and immediately go forward while forgetting about them right away.
      Also, looked at the few short movie snippets I’ve got of riding her and practicing thinking about what I would have done instead of what I’m actually doing in the clip ๐Ÿ™‚
      It’s been a really eye opening time, this week…


  3. Oh man. I fractured my middle finger in much the same way about four years ago. Surgery, pins, physical therapy. It was not fun but now I never really think about it. So just be patient and you’ll be back at it before you know it!!

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