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CNER Eventing D Rally - October 6, 2019

I almost didn't attend the last Pony Club rally of the year, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to show in the dressage show on Saturday and then the rally the following day.  But seeing as this rally with Central New England Region (through Atlantic Pony Club) is only for riders at the D level, and my plan is to earn my C-1 next year, I knew that this was my one and only chance to compete.  I also figured Ellie was more than capable of doing two Training level tests the day before an event.  And as a D-3 rider, I was required to do BN Test A and jump 2'3", which seemed like a perfect move-up opportunity.
Of course, it was an early morning adventure to get to the Groton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts, a place I had never been to before and is 2.5 hours away.  I left the house at 4:30am (OUCH) and luckily had a super easy drive down to MA.  It was only 29 degrees when I left, and it wasn't much warmer when I arrived at the grounds just before 7am.  There was still fros…

Day 9 - Any injuries that occurred from riding

I have been lucky that besides sprains and aches, I have not injured myself from riding. Now that I say that in a blog post, we all know what will happen....!!  :-(

My fall off Dreamy at a fox hunt in November 2012 gave me extremely sore ribs (though not broken) and a sprained ankle.  At my fall at a horse show in April 2010, I ended up with just a sprained ankle as well (yep, horse tripped at the canter and I tumbled off front - very undramatic and I still placed fourth in the class LMAO).

I do think that as I age, my body doesn't bounce back as it once did, so after a long show day or lots of no stirrup work, my muscles ache a bit.  But it is nothing that a little Advil doesn't help.

So, this was a boring post haha, but here are cute pics of Ellie being brave and staying behind me and the ground so I don't get any injuries!  ;-)

Hacking out in her grass pasture/jump field, because even though she is out there every day, it can be scary when you are under saddle haha!

Ellie still thinks the steers are the devil, but at least she now looks at them in disdain rather than fear!
Being brave on her first time going up and down the driveway!


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  1. oh yes as we age it gets harder and harder to bounce back. I love Ellie's ears SO CUTE. And glad except for a few things you havent been hurt. I am always amazed i havent ended up in a body cast :) HA!

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    1. Yeah, I definitely have started being like WHY AM I SO SORE THIS IS BULLSHIT about everything from riding to just waking up some mornings LOL! Gettin' older ain't for sissies (and I am not quite yet forty but my body sometimes feels 80!) ;-)

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    2. And I know, right? Riding is such a dangerous sport! I tend to be brave but cautious, which helps!

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  2. Our egos tend to hurt the worst after a fall :)

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  3. awww happy ellie hacking out!!! i've likewise been pretty fortunate in my falls. a couple badly hurt fingers... maybe a concussion or two. a pulled muscle and some very sore body parts. but nothing really bad, thank god. it could always happen (accidents are like that) but so far so good!

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    1. Isn't she the cutest, though!? Ohhh yeah, I have totally hurt my fingers in the barn slamming them in something or in other stupid ways! There are too many unknown factors with horses to not stay safe!

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