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Back in the Saddle!

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Okay so, yes, Hoovy actually started riding again 3 weeks ago but tough! This is the first chance I have had to make a proper post about it. Patience people I am a very busy woman 🙂

My little Olympic hopeful needed new kit before she could get back on a horse. For starters, a new helmet as these must always be replaced after an accident (well after a big accident that could have crushed the protective stuff inside the helmet). This time, Hoovy opted for a “skull cap” – a style of hat that doesn’t have a hard brim at the front. This appealed to her as she can get different “silks” to go on it thus changing it’s look. At the moment, she is sporting a black & hot pink silk as demonstrated in this photo …

Stylin'!

Stylin'!

Next, the body protector. Hoovy was delighted to find a black one in her size as her old one was navy blue and didn’t match her black boots and hat. Now just because riding can be mucky does NOT mean you have to be a fashion disaster! So brand new black body protector which when worn with the hot pink covers she already had alongside the new hat with it’s black and hot pink silk = one totally colour co-ordinated rider!

And here is the pic to prove it!

Oh Yes!

Oh Yes!

Oh yes and don’t forget the black gloves (which sadly cannot be seen in this snap). Now she (naturally) already had pink jodhpurs and various pink tops to wear along with the rest of her kit. Another thing you cannot see here is the Tshirt she has on underneath. This was a present for Valentine’s day and she absolutely loves that her sister Crystal embellished it for her. The t-shirt already had horsey hoof prints and what-not on it but Crystal lovingly added “I love Horses” to it. This little personal touch really makes it very special for Hoovy (she LOVES her big sister!). One final thing to mention … in this photo (taken today) she is wearing my pink university hoodie. This is only significant because when she came off a horse called Molly just before xmas, she was wearing her own pink uni hoodie that was exactly like mine (only 1 size smaller). Sadly, hers had to be cut off and I am surprised she even considered wearing mine as she did not like hers being cut. Who knows she might feel more secure in mine?

Waiting Patiently!

Waiting Patiently!

SO … all decked out and ready to ride! As mentioned today was her 3rd lesson since her return.

Riding a cute little white (actually called grey in the horsey world) horse called Pye, Hoovy is the star of this video captured my me 🙂 Please excuse the long boring bit at the start (Pye decided to have a poo and I haven’t a software program at the moment to cut that bit out!) … so here she is …

Hope you enjoyed the show!!!! Comments are MOST welcomed!!!!

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News Flash! The 6 week countdown begins!

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Well, this was not the post I had planned next but life doesn’t always go according to plan!

Cairistiona has now officially become a ‘proper’ rider thanks to first first experience with a horse called Molly. At approximately 11.30 am GMT, Hoovy and Molly jumped a small fence. Then it began … Molly bucked several times and I was just thinking how good she was doing to stay on and slow the thing down when Molly gave another buck and Hoovy flew into the side boards. By the time I got around to the arena’s opening, Molly was running about jumping, bucking and having a great time while poor Hoovy was on the floor, crying (not wailing) and in pain. We moved her indoors (it’s bloody freezing outside this time of year!) and called an ambulance. She was pale, feeling faint and her right shoulder hurt. At the hospital, she was given Ibuprophen and Paracetamol (Tylenol) and had her first ever x-rays of her shoulder and her wrist which by that time was hurting too. In the end, it turned out she had broken her clavicle (collarbone). The doctor even let her see the x-ray showing the break.

Sadly, as I well know having broken mine years ago, there isn’t much they can do for it. They trussed her arm up in a sling and booked an appointment for her to go to the fracture clinic on Tuesday. By that time we were both starving and the medicines had kicked in so she was only in mild discomfort. So we stopped and ate Burger King on the way home.

So 6 weeks until she can ride again – this is like cutting off a normal persons legs to her. Unhappy about that, she is also disappointed that she’d can’t suck her thumb (apparently the left thumb just cannot compare to her right one!). She’s managed to swindle Derek’s half of the bed so he’s relegated to the couch since her own bed requires climbing up a ladder to get into.

Over the next few days it will dawn on her that she also can’t do this and that … such as play on her Wii and Nintendo DS. She can’t write or draw either. For her this is going to get very boring very quickly as she’s such an active little girl!

However, to be honest, we are surprised she hasn’t broken anything before now but somehow I seriously doubt it will put her off horses and riding them!