Today… I will spend flat-out (literally) in bed.  You see, I came off of Willy on Monday after a very precarious and odd event while trail riding.   And yes, I did get back on and ride out of the Park, but I knew that I probably injured myself like I had never injured myself (upon landing from a horse) previously.  My brain went, “Uhhhh, I think we have an issue here…”.

I kinda knew that something was more wrong than I let myself believe, but I didn’t face my fears until Thursday, when I knew I was getting worse and not better and that  I should go to the ER to get checked out.   Wellllllll, it seems that I have a burst fracture in my T3 vertebrae (mid-upper back – imagine a sharp knife inserted there) and I tore the MCL in my left knee (totally unstable and wobbly).  Both injuries are totally manageable… BUT, CRAP.     Willy felt horrible as he stared at me on the ground with his big eyes.   He knew his actions ejected me… and I knew my actions (getting older and not being as fluent or as well-seated as I once was) were the cause of this accident.

I fear that I will suffer the most from this, both physically and emotionally.  I am truly bummed that I couldn’t ride out the situation and instead lost my seat and came off.  Really upsets me.

Now I recover.  Except we leave for the Ranch in exactly a week.  So, this will be interesting.  Do I ride at a walk (my inclination since I’m not supposed to jostle or vibrate my spine), or do I not ride.  Knowing me, I will ride one of their very well trained kids’ horses at a slow and lovely pace.


Me at the pool (I like to swim for exercise) just a few days ago… and me yesterday.

I love the floors

What is not to love about a baby wombat (except its tiny razor-sharp claws…)

Artists amaze me.

And again.


I love Spring!

I would have killed for these in high school!!!  We probably should have had a class in how to make these since we did tie-dye and batik…

I thought this was a pretty way to update a brick house.


My horses would just rip this off the fence and paw at it until it gave up the hay… but it might work for someone out there…

Gorgeous wild Mama and baby.


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4 comments have been posted...

  1. Barbara Massey

    Holy Cow Dawn, you don’t do anything halfway do you!!
    Wishes for a speedy recovery !!
    Donated to 3 saved ??

  2. Calvin48

    Very sorry to hear about your fall. My horse bucked me off 3y ago, destroying my right sacroiliac joint. I was in rehab for two years and still have pain. I’ve been leading him on the road and lunging him for over a month now, but I feel that he’s not yet calm enough to ride. He’s 21 and I’m 75 – I’ve had this horse since he was two. He had to have surgery when he was five to remove a baseball-sized bladder stone, and that’s when the bucking started. I always considered it “normal” to be bucked off a couple times per year, but at my current age a fall can come with a lot of baggage. I guess that at some point we won’t be able, or it won’t be safe, for us to continue riding. I may be there now. I love taking care of my horse and pony (who’s only 14yo) so they will be with me as long as we’re all still alive. I sincerely hope that you can get through your current episode and come out on the other side intact.
    By the way, who is Willie? I don’t recall you mentioning him before.

  3. Sonya

    Oh! OUCH! I hope you get better soon, Dawn! You are always kind to yourself. I am sure you will have fun on your trip, no matter what you do! Blessed and safe travels!

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