INJURED? Yes, I’m kinda injured…


Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Filed under Medical




Going through this, I cannot even imagine what horses go through who have injuries – and cannot tell anyone about it or where it hurts!

So, yes, I don’t know how I did it or when I did it.  But, it started hurting about 5 weeks ago.  I was told that I had an IT Band issue.  OK.  I read up on it and had physical therapy.  The pain would ebb and flow.

Well… when I first put my leg over Willow at the R Lazy S Ranch, I felt a different kind of pain.  Not only did my hip and knee hurt, but my groin hurt as well.  It was a sharp, ripping feeling.  Hmmmmm.  This couldn’t be good.

However, I assumed it was all related – or at least the same injury.  But alas, I have since found out that they are different issues.

One is the IT Band thing.  The other is most likely, a hip labral tear.

Ugh.

As I sat i that saddle the first day, I could not move my left leg outwardly.  I could put my leg forward, but not outward.  Trotting and Cantering was torture.  Sometimes just adjusting my weight in the saddle was agony.

I started to cry to myself.  How was this possible?  I’d never had pain in the saddle.

Luckily, Hubby’s best friend (who was with us at the R Lazy S) is a spine surgeon.  He arranged for a buddy of his in Jackson (another spine surgeon) to give me a cortisone shot in my hip to relieve the IT Band.  And, that was AWESOME.  Immediately, the hip and knee pain was assuaged.

But, I still had that ripping pain in my groin.

Hubby’s surgeon friend said that I most likely have a hip labral tear.  So, I have an appointment with a local (to me) orthopedic surgeon in July.  He will do something to figure out what I actually have going on… and then we will deal with it.

Until then, I limp a lot.  And will probably not sit in the saddle much.  But, hanging around horses, grooming horses and watching horses doesn’t hurt at all.  So, that is what I will be doing.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

I don’t really know… I think I may have stepped in a hole when I was feeding, but I’m not sure.  It just seemed to start one day.  But, I am guessing I did something – but it was probably something I do often, just this time it ripped.

Looking at horses will have to suffice for a while – but looking at horses is a pretty great thing…


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The Final Photos from our Trip to the epic R Lazy S Ranch!






Hubby and I are in our hotel in Utah… driving home.  Waaaah.

We always hate to leave the ranch…  In case you are just joining us, Hubby and I have just had our annual vacation to the R Lazy S Ranch (Jackson, Wy) – which we love.  Great, healthy horses, great food (but not over the top), incredible views, incredible rides… lovely cabins.  It is just the whole deal if you like guest ranching vacations.   The R Lazy S Ranch is friendly, affordable and (subtly) always there for you.  And, they have a great kids’ program.  Oh… and a favorite part for me, just walking around is amazing.  You can go into the huge and lovely main log building and grab a coffee and cookie – or sit by the fire, or sit on a couch and look at the view, or sit on a swing and look at the Tetons, or go visit the horses, or take a hike to the Snake River or watch the birds… or look for elk… OMG.  Absolutely heaven.  Or you can go fishing in the Snake or biking or hiking or go into Jackson or take the tram at Jackson Hole, or go paragliding or ballooning… Really, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.  This is an amazing retreat.  I never left the Ranch.  (We are paying guests, no affiliation.   However, we do love the owners and will sing their praises to anyone who loves perfect vacations!). The R Lazy S has an 80% return rate… so that pretty much says it all.  Go if you can.  You will love it.

Here are more pics!

(Browse back – at the bottom of this page – for our other blogposts from our visit.)

Somewhere beautiful…  Paige the Wrangler is in front of Me on Willow.  (You will see a lot of Willow’s ears!)

Our friend Tom (left) and Hubby on the way to Sky Ranch – on horseback. Gorgeous.

This was so much more glorious at the time… but imagine the pink sun setting behind the Tetons and 80 contented horses munching away on lovely green grass.

This is a mare called, Honeybear. She is so sweet… she came over while I was up in their pasture. We watched the sunset together.

These are our friends, Eric and May on BooBoo and Rocket.

Me with Honeybear. She is so sweet. (As you can see, it still is chilly at night in Jackson.)  Notice the one horse laying down, dozing.  She had just awakened when we took this pic.

Here we have Fran on Juliet up front. I’m on Willow and Tom is on Sundance.

Hubby took this panorama shot of all of us (except him), in front of the Tetons. (Eric, Me, May, Fran, Adam and Tom in the back.)

Since I was injured the entire trip, I mostly just walked with a wrangler. None of my friends was really able to take many pics of me with Willow, because I mostly rode alone or with a few other new friends.  So here is one I took of Willow while I was on the ground. She was a very, very good girl.

The mini donkeys. They are in the same pasture as the momma and baby but get far less attention now since there is a darling momma and baby.

Getting ready for Team Penning this year. Do you notice the frostbitten ears of Bear, the beautiful Palomino in the ring? It happened when she was a baby, we were told. Her owner/handler is Kelly, one of the owners of the R Lazy S.

Lining up for Team Penning. We did not keep our crown this year… Willow and I were not as strong of a team as I was with Cash. No worries. All was fun!

Hubby in front on Rose. Adam on Joe. Not a bad view in sight. Every where you looked, it was gorgeous.  Note Willow’s ear in the bottom right frame.

Willow again.

Mama Mint Tea and baby Earl Grey.

I’ve posted this previously on the PhoBlog… but I love it so I’m posting again. Hubby took this panorama of his friend, Eric on BooBoo.

This is Adam’s horse, Joe. He is such a ham for the camera! We all love Joe!

I love this ride so much, I’m glad Adam caught this view. You ride up on a ledge and see the mountains and tree tops – and the Snake River is below. Simply breathtaking. As you can see, I’m peering out, awestruck.

The R Lazy S lets all of the horses run free into their overnight pastures … and on Saturday nights, the guests watch. This year, a group of elk were also in the pasture! Do you SEE HOW MANY elk are back there?! It was incredible.

Go if you can (see if they have an opening for this summer!).  You will not be disappointed.  I promise.

Contact info:  R Lazy S  

Cathy:  307-733-2655

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