Tuxie and I get a blue ribbon! October 22 2011, 0 Comments

After recovering from a broken clavicle in March of this year, Tuxie and I went on to get 1st Place in the Beginner Novice Division at the Flintridge Event Derby on Oct. 16, 2011.

Baby steps and then a big giant leap! June 19 2011, 0 Comments

Since my last entry, Tux and I have been having fun being back in our routine together.  Our routine is 5-6 days of work - Dressage and Jumping activities that make up our week.  Tux gets one or two days off depending on what we do - sometimes I just turn him loose in the round pen and let him roll and clear his head or we go for a trail ride with a friend.  He's a smart horse and a solid thinker and I am so blessed to be able to do so many different activities with him.  It keeps us both very entertained!

About 2 weeks ago, we competed in our first Jumping Derby since my accident.  I wanted to get Tuxie out into another environment and thought this would be a good opportunity for he and I to get back into the swing of things.  A jumping derby is basically a combined course of jumps that start and end inside a stadium (with various poles and patterns) and in the middle you go out into a cross country field and jump logs, ditches, houses, run through water and really get your adrenalin pumping!

We came in first in our division!  I opted out of going the next level higher because I felt good about what we had done.  Instead, I set up 2 jumping lessons with the amazing Debbie Rosen (3 Day Eventing Rolex Competitor) to work some more on getting my confidence back before our very first 3 day event June 24-26 at Shepherd Ranch.  We will be competing Beginner Novice with jumps about 2'6 in stadium and cross country as well as our dressage test.

To read more about the exciting sport of eventing, you can go here:

I'll let you know how it goes!

Healed and Riding Again! May 22 2011, 0 Comments

My visit with the Doctor couldn't have gone better!

The x-ray showed the bone as being solid all the way across - I was surprised how quickly that happened.  It only took six weeks - the body is an incredible machine and through the x-rays over the months I got to see how it works inside there.

Now, he did say that the metal plate and screws were still doing their job so perhaps Rollerblading and Sky Diving would not be a good idea.  However, riding and the activities I had been doing before the accident were fine!

Honestly I was a bit surprised that he let me off the hook that easy, but I have to say, I tried to make it difficult for him to hold me back any longer by being extremely enthusiastic, very excited and very happy and being very clear about how GREAT I felt.

I had been working out with a trainer, getting my strength and range of motion back and there wasn't much I was not able to do. Oddly enough, one of the few things that bothered the collar bone was the bra strap sitting on the metal plate and a few smaller motions that tweaked some of the muscles over in my bicep area.  Big deal, I thought.

So with his words "go ahead and ride," my heart sang and I felt grateful, happy and free!

Since my visit about 3 weeks ago, I have been riding on my regular schedule - 5 or 6 days a week.  Dressage, jumping and lots of exercises with Cavaletti poles.

What was truly most amazing was the fact that I had not lost any skill level during the time I was off.  My first lesson or two it did feel a bit strange to be back up there and I was very aware how high up I was sitting (Tuxie is 16.1 hands) but as I suspected, those thoughts quickly went away and were replaced by caution and joy.

I definitely wrap my legs more firmly around his middle.  I definitely ride with my heels way down and sit back a bit more than before. I definitely am ready to keep his head up when necessary.  I turn him out before my lessons and l longe him before we jump to get that excess energy out.  I think these are all really good choices and it keeps him (and me) both happy and calm.  The work we do on the ground before I ride really tells me where he is at energy wise and keeps the surprise level to a minimum.

I did sign up for an Eventing Derby that was scheduled for June 5 but it was canceled.  Now there is the Equine Virus that is keeping horses put at their stables until it passes.  I am going to take this time to continue to heal, practice and play with my Tuxie.  :)

One thing that I wanted to mention, in closing, was that somewhere along the way I made the conscious decision that this fall was not going to define my whole riding experience.  So when I got back on, I got back on with my whole heart filled with joy.  That way, there was no room for fear or hesitation.

Life is good.