I'm sitting out on SBRA Provincial Finals. It seems like it just was NOT in the cards for me to run this year.
First I only had one horse qualified, Voodoo. And then he came up sore. As in he was a total roaring A-hole sore. Turns out he had good reason, he was out in his wither and really sore through the rib cage so to have an absolute fit when I tried to mount made sense. He is feeling better and is forgiven. And he probably would have been okay to go if *I* had been okay (more on that in a moment)
Applejack wasn't qualified; between not having a saddle that fit for almost a year and battling soreness issues he wasn't in shape soon enough to get to enough jackpots. The good news, we have a saddle and I think his soreness is resolving. I had been thinking he was IR or borderline IR. Well after a farrier switch and a good look at his feet I'm thinking that yes he may be borderline IR but most of his problem was how his feet were being trimmed. (oh and THAT is a post in itself!)
Lefta wasn't qualified because she's too green. I'll be exhibitioning her this year and hopefully hitting jackpots by spring.
On to me... first I didn't get a lot of riding in because I was having really bad pain in my arm/elbow. The doctor said it was basically tennis elbow, who'da thunk that would hurt so bad? (Thank you Smudge)
But for quite awhile I couldn't lift anything heavier than a mug of coffee (and there were days that that was too much) Riding was pretty limited, and when I did ride it was Lefta or Voodoo as they're the softest.
Now here is the kicker, I ended up having to medical out of finals because of my ear. How freaking wussy does THAT sound?! But really it is pretty bad.
I have a history of ear infections. For the last two or three years things have been pretty good. But before that, oh man I had so many. And each time my doctor would say "Next time you come in with an ear infection I'm referring you to a specialist" Problem was she never did.
Last week my right ear was bothering me. I thought I just had an ear ache because I had been out in the wind and hadn't put cotton in my ear. Then it went from aching to a full grown "omigosh I want to cry/vomit" kind of pain. Thursday I went into the minor emergency clinic and the doctor said not only is it infected but my ear drum is ruptured. We talked about my history and he wrote up a referral to a specialist. When I told him I'd need a note in case I had to medical out of a competition I had entered with my horse in a few days his exact words were "Oh you should be okay to ride unless it's something crazy like barrel racing"
*sob*I just looked at him and said "Saskatchewan BARREL racing provincial finals" he immediately started writing a note. He did tell me to play it by ear (my wording, sorry lame & punny) and IF I was feeling okay I could still run. However the burst ear drum causes vertigo, dizziness,nausea, extreme headaches and a very stiff neck. Saturday I tried to take a short cut and climb over a fence, I nearly spun off the top. Sunday I tried to get on a horse just to walk, no go. Monday Pie & I were running errands in the city and he took a corner in the Explorer a bit fast and I felt like I was a goner. SO yeah, I wasn't going to be running barrels.
It feels VERY weird to be at finals watching friends and not running :( But hopefully I'll be okay in time to get myself prepared for district finals (end of August) What I'm hoping for even more is that I regain my hearing in that ear, well at least to what it was before (my hearing is already a bit compromised)