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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Friday, November 24, 2006

Healing...Body and Soul

Well, my knee is definately healing and I am getting along better everyday. My MRI was clean meaning, I basically wrenched my knee, good. I am not using my crutches much anymore and seem to be regaining mobility and strength (although I have a long way to go). My doctor has grounded me from riding for a couple more weeks because he does not want me doing any mounting/dismounting for now becuase the knee has to heal. I go back to work in a couple of weeks too.

Yesterday, I was able to go get Fosse from the paddock. This was the first time I have been able to do this task, myself, in weeks. I walked him to the hay shed (not too far from the paddock gate) and then mounted up on the 4-wheeler. I lead him down the mountain trail to the arena. My legs are just not able to be used for long periods of time (without crutches) yet so, this was my answer to the problem. I played with him in the arena at liberty a bit and was even able to trim his hooves. He stood very well and I was able to sit on my mounting block, use the Hoof Jack, and take care of him. What an angel he is!

For me, part of the healing process has not been just on my knee, but in my head. I have had time to reevaluate my life and what is important to me. I had been working 24/7 and barely finding time to enjoy the little things. The horses for me, are part of the healing process too. Rick takes me to visit them everyday (we drive the Blazer up the mountain to their barn) . It means a lot to me. The few times I have been able to actually spend quality time with them has also been very important to me.I hahve also been able to spend quality time with Rick and we have really enjoyed that.

Well, that is it for now! I hope to be riding again soon. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Passing the time...

Since I am unable to do too much outside with the horses, I have decided to take this time and catch up on my Savvy Club DVDs. I have been watching ones I haven't seen and ones I have. It seems that although much if it is a repeat of things I have seen before, I always pick up something new. My next step is to start reviewing the new level 2 pack. I have seen (and own) the old levels 1,2,3 and have been working in all of those levels and some level 4 stuff for sometime. However, as you may remember, I am finally officially assessing. I have passed level 1 and have received my awards, I feel great about it!

My healing is coming along fine and I am hopeful to be back in full swing in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Horses are for Healing


Well friends, I just could not stand it any longer, I had to play with the horses. So, since I can ride my 4-wheeler side-saddle, and I am a bit more mobile than several days ago (when I thought I'd never get to leave the bed again), I decided to try riding it that way to get to the horses, independently. I strapped the crutches to the back of the 4-wheeler, hoisted myself up (thank goodness for my upper body strength), and off I went. It felt great to not rely on the help of Rick (or anyone else). Rick put the horses in the arena for me, we grained them, and when they were done, it was time for play. I haltered and took one at a time to the round pen and played with them on-line and at liberty while perched on my beloved Kawasaki. We had a wonderful time! When I was finished with each horse, I lead them to the arena with the 4-wheeler and released them (horse -in-tow--I wonder what the neighbors were thinking this tim, I know they think I am nuts to begin with). Once we were all done playing, Rick got my grooming stuff and I drove my mounting block to where they were eating hay RIck put in the arena. They each came to me, I haltered them (one at a time), groomed and picked feet while perched on the mounting block. Whiskey tried to eat my crutches! Anyhow, all was tremendously fun but very tiring. It takes me 4 times as long to do anything (and with regards to grooming, I did the best I could but, they are still filthy.

Well, that's it! I just had to share.

Smiling from ear-to-ear,
Michelle/arabhorselover1

Monday, November 06, 2006

Good News and Bad News

Well, after many schedule issues, Clare and I ended going to Pandapas Pond after all yesterday with Smokey and Whiskey. We had a great time. Unfortunately, I spent part of last night in the hospital ER in shock and getting x-rays on my left knee. After finally getting comfortable in the hospital bed, I begged to let them leave me there to just die—yeah, I am a wimp. I am immobilized and on pain meds, ice, and on bed rest until at least Friday when I have to see an orthopedist. (I am about ready for more pain meds and thought this was a good time to write). I have crutches which makes is a little easier but mostly, I cannot move and am in some true agony.

If you were wondering, I did not get dumped off of Whiskey. Actually, he was fabulous, leading the ride most of the time and showing signs of a great endurance/competetive trail propect. What happened was, I took my little green horse Whiskey to Pandapas Pond with Clare and Smopkey for his first official ride off the property. After about an hour of groundwork and hand walking on the trail, we decided to mount. Well, we used a huge log for mounting—which seemed like a good idea at the time. I ride bareback (with the pad for this ride and used his rope hacakmore) and easily swung my right leg over the horse. However, when I pushed off the left leg on the log to get totally situated, my knee twisted and made a weird noise and feeling. In hind site, I think my sneaker tred got caught on something. I was paying closer attention to the horse, not my own position. This wonderful horse just stood there as I about passed out from that weird, definitely wrong, feeling. Then he got antsy (I suspect my body we sending weird signals to him). I did stay mounted and we rode (we did great, encountering rocks, dogs, and bikes). Anyhow, because I don’t typically use a saddle, my leg was free to hang which apparently, at the time was the best position. When we were done, I dismounted, landing on the right leg only. Then we walked back to the horse trailer, I stepped up into my tack room (in the trailer) and pushed off the left leg—big mistake, it buckled and really hurt. After getting the horses loaded (while gimping around), I even drove us all home (in a stick-shift truck).

However, by the time we got home, I had tremendous swelling. I elevated and iced the knee but it kept getting worse. I took Motrin and drank a beer with dinner to try to feel better---not a good combo. My wonderful friends (Clare, Paul, and Brett) actually stayed over as we planned, for dinner, but I was on the bed, they were in the camping chairs in the bedroom. We watched a movie and tried to forget how terrible this all felt. I thought it was sweet--it is hard to find friends like this and I cherish them. Clare helped Rick finalize the meal and was also my nurse! (The boys by the way rode 4-wheelers at the horse and had a great time.) Anyhow, I had Rick take me to the hospital soon after they left. I was very ill after they left and at this point I could not walk at all and had to hang from him trying to use the good leg—a sight for sure.

So, I will keep in touch and let you all know what is going on. I doubt I will be ready to ride for the rest of the month. Maybe December. ARGH--just when things were going so well!