My husband is off to pick up my younger daughter at college, so when I got home from the barn this morning, it seemed like a nice morning to clean house. I was sweeping, bent over to pick something up off the floor and - those of you who have iffy backs will get this - all of a sudden I realized that was a very bad idea. I go for long periods with no significant back trouble and then I get sloppy with my body mechanics and pay the price. Shooting pain and cramping muscles. I've been doing a lot of stretching, icing and Ibuprofen, and also doing some self-massage on those pesky muscles that are cramping - particularly the psoas which give me trouble. And walking in short bits.
The timing of this is unfortunate - Maisie's moving to her new barn tomorrow morning, and I'd hoped to start riding her very soon - it's been almost a month since I've been able to ride her due to the laminitis and then the weather. My younger daughter is helping me out by hitching the trailer and carrying some things, and also helped by bathing Maisie for me this afternoon - she was disgracefully muddy and for once it was almost warm enough. It may be a while before I can ride - I'm hoping days rather than weeks, but at least there will be one less stall to clean on the weekends and she'll have an indoor to be turned out in when the weather is bad so she can run a bit and kick up her heels.
Our wonderful p.m. feeding lady will take the horses out for me tomorrow morning - I think I can do the feeding although she may have to help me make up feed and carry Blackjack's bins of beet pulp - and others have volunteered to help with my stalls and horses over the weekend. The people at my existing barn (I'll have to call it Noble's barn since he'll be staying there regardless of whether Dawn does or not) are very helpful; I'm hoping the people at the new barn (Maisie's barn) will be as well.