Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pie Improves and a Few Good Friends

Pie has been doing very well - yesterday he was happy, alert and acting like a young horse should.  He had no mopey episodes as far as I know, and ate eagerly.  He whinnied to me when I got to the barn this morning - it was almost too dark to see, but he someone spotted me from a distance as I walked to the barn.  And there was some good news in his recent blood work - his previously elevated liver enzyme levels are now almost back to normal, which is a good sign.  Keeping fingers crossed . . .

I was thinking today about how fortunate I am to have a few good friends at the barn who have really helped me out, both when I was recovering from my accident in June and July and recently when I was going back and forth to the vet hospital while Pie was there.  I've gotten a lot of help from Charisma's owner with taking care of my horses and anything that needed doing - she volunteered to help out without my even asking.  Our p.m. barn lady has also been great about being willing to help me with things like hoof picking (for weeks) when I couldn't do that, and has kept an eagle eye on Pie for me as well.  Neither of them have been willing to accept any sort of pay back for the help they've given me, although I try to do things for them both when I can.

Charisma's owner has also been very helpful to me while I've been working on regaining my trail riding confidence.  She's glad to go on walking trail rides with Pie and me even though sometimes I'm sure she'd prefer to go faster.  Although I've been able to ride occasionally with other boarders if we're at the barn at the same time and they're willing to accommodate Pie's and my slow pace for at least a little while on their rides, Charisma's owner always tries to let me know when she's riding so that I can ride too if I'm free.  She makes me feel accepted for where I am in my riding journey - I never feel like I'm a burden to her or get in her way.  It's more than I'm entitled to expect, even from friends, but I'm thankful to have friends like these - they've made the hard times easier to deal with.

24 comments:

  1. Good friends do make all the difference , glad Pie seems to be on the mend

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  2. I always find that you get what you give, so the quality of your friends says a lot about you.
    Perhaps you could have a barn party to thank them?
    So glad to hear that Pie is returning to his normal self.

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  3. Glad to hear that Pie is doing better. One reason that I like boarding is that someone is always there to help when a fellow boarder needs a horse watched, turned out, fed an extra meal etc. It seems to be the norm and I love the community.

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  4. Good news about Pie, hope he continues to improve.

    Barn friends are the best. If it weren't for their help we would be left to fend for ourselves and our horses during difficult times. You're lucky to have friends who care about you and your horses. I've always found that a nice thank you is a basket of something they could use like horse treats/supplies. I've never had anyone turn down a basket of chocolates or Edible Arrangements(fruit baskets). Just a thoughtful thank you even if they don't want anything is always a nice gesture.

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  5. As I noted in my blog, horse friends are some of the best people in the world. There is a bond among us that is rarely comprehended by the rest of the world.

    Thank yous never quite seem to be enough, but a horseperson rarely needs much more from someone she's/he's helped. The gratification of seeing a horse benefit is payback enough.

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  6. Barn friends like that are the best.

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  7. Glad to hear some good news about Pie. Good "horse friends" are worth their weight in gold. It's such a comfort to have other people around who really care about your horses.

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  8. So happy that Pie is perking up. The best way to have a good friend is to be one. So you must be one too.

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  9. What a sweet sentiment. Friends like that are very precious and the fact that you're acknowledged them probably means more to them than anything else.I'm so glad to hear Pie continues to get better.

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  10. I know how you feel--it's always good to know wonderful fellow horse-people!

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  11. Good thing for good barn friends! You are very lucky. I am glad Pie is doing better!!

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  12. I'm so glad that Pie is feeling better :)
    It's great having understanding friends - especailly horsey ones :)

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  13. So far so good. Sweet Pie.
    You have some very good friends...and I'm quite sure you would do the same for them.

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  14. Good friends are priceless. The funny thing about hard times, once you get past the crisis, you talk about it with those friends as if it was a good time.

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  15. I'm just catching up on what's been happening with Pie and I'm so relieved to read that he's doing better. It sounds like you've been handling the uncertainty and stress very well, and I'm sure that having good friends who will take care of the horses when you are not able to is a huge relief. I remember when my mom was not doing well and my neighbors pitched in to help me with Silk and Siete. I was so grateful to them. It's these simple little kindnesses that matter so much and make a difference in difficult times.

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  16. I'm so happy and relieved he's feeling better. :)

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  17. Good horse friends are the best! Glad to hear that Pie seems to be improving.

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  18. That's great news about Pie. Your barn friends sound wonderful. I know you must be a good person to have at the barn too, or you wouldn't have developed such supportive relationships. Sounds like a great barn.

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  19. I'm SO glad Pie is acting happy and normal again and the bloodwork is supporting that as well. Barn friends must be great. I yearn for a good barn friend!!! My place is so small that I keep missing the one girl who comes out. It is great to have back up eyes on your horse and the support.

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  20. Fingers crossed that Pie continues to improve.

    How great that people at the barn have been so willing to help out - I'm sure they are happy to do what they can for you - you seem like the type of person that would do the same for them.

    Yeah for Charisma's owner - she sounds like a gem! :-)

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  21. Kate, I'm glad Pie is doing better. And that you have had such good support at the barn. I board Buckshot at a great barn, and I enjoy the comraderie there, and when there is a problem, I especially appreciate the help from others. I know what you mean. I'm glad there are such good people at your barn and that they have been so kind and helpful for you and your horses.

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  22. You are indeed lucky to have people to ride with. Not sure if you saw my comment awhile back but I had a nasty fall from a spin/spook off of my 17+H 5 yo and broke two ribs. I didn't get as physically banged up as you but it did a number on me mentally.

    There is almost no one to ride with ever at my barn. And the day the fall happened, someone was hand-grazing nearby and about 20 people were up at the house overlooking the barn and not a soul noticed I'd parted company from my horse and was lying limp in a heap in the ring with my horse standing riderless nearby. I realized having people near didn't mean a thing!

    I now wear a Hit-Air inflatable vest and do groundwork for 15 minutes or so before my ride. It has really helped.

    We can't ride on trails at our place but I have vanned out to a natural horsemanship trainer I work with and we do work out on her trails. I still prefer riding in one of her western saddles if we go out.

    It's been 5 mos since the fall and I feel much more confident but I've really had to push past some stuff. I am seriously only just now able to sit up really tall in the saddle again. Breaking the ribs left me in this very protective shape of slumping a bit.

    You'd mentioned having a pain in your back around your shoulder blade. I had the same. And in fact, when I got back on my horse after the fall (crazy, I know) it was the sharp pain in my back that told me to get off, not my ribs. Xrays showed nothing back there but it still feels funky sometimes. Like you said, I think it is soft tissue/ligaments.

    Sorry so long but just wanted you to know, I feel your pain. I got thru the worst of it like you did - allowing myself to look closely at feeling ashamed, realizing I'm no longer invincible (never was, of course) and facing the fact that no matter how long I've been riding, how tight in the tack I am, how much work I put in on my horse, how diligent and dedicated I am, things can get real humbling really fast.

    You got in the tack way faster than my docs would let me. I wasn't allowed to ride for 8 wks. They wanted me off for 10. Another fall could cause a sharp point from a broken rib to puncture a lung. So, I listened. I think the 8 weeks allowed me some introspective time and let me mentally heal some.

    Again, sorry so long but just wanted you to know you aren't alone.

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  23. Good to hear your sweet Pie continues improving. Your friends sound wonderful, helping because they care and find it rewarding.

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  24. anyplace - that's very scary - I'm with you. I've done a bit of trail riding on my own since my fall but not much - I lose my confidence pretty quickly if any issues come up. In the arena I'm fine. Glad to know the back/shoulder thing is what I thought it was - the ribs just taking time to heal.

    Thanks so much for the encouraging words!

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