Friday, July 17, 2009

Maybe Not

'Wish me luck
Give me somethin'

Help me out

And I'll go there...

All I want is a brand new truck

One eyed Jacks & beginner's luck

The doctor's script for the perfect drug

Get it all while I can

But I got no money & I got no man

I drive around in a beat up van

I ride on coffee & Percodan

Get it all while I can

Is that too much to ask

Is that too much to ask'

Is That Too Much to Ask — Beth Hart
From the 1999 album Screamin' For My Supper

My Saturday plans crashed and burned before they ever got off the ground. I picked up the dog crate with Martha in it and was too lazy to open both halves of the double doors to the bedroom. I held the crate out in front of me to fit through one door, and, imperceptibly at the time, tweaked my back. It's not imperceptible anymore. I have pain meds but can't take them and put two thoughts together much less drive, and I have to go to work today.

A 'mild cold front' has moved in, dropping the temps from triple digits to the low-mid 90s. Don't laugh, it really does make a difference. I researched the horse trails at Lake Ray Roberts. My plan was to get up early tomorrow and walk one of the shorter trails. Nita was to join me, and I thought I'd bring Martha. I thought next time Nita and I could bring a couple horses, tack them up and walk it again with them, then ride next trip. That may seem excessively cautious, but neither my horses nor I have that kind of experience. Jaz would probably do fine, but even he sometimes goes stupid on me. Poco ... well, there's no telling. He could be fine or he could want me to carry him. He's usually okay as long as his nose is in Jaz's butt.

But that's not going to happen. I know it's still a day away, but this ain't my first time at this rodeo. Wouldn't be prudent to walk that far.

Maybe Sunday. Or not.

Middle age is not for sissies.


jane augenstein said...

So sorry about your back! Hope it heals quickly and you get to have some fun. I used to walk Gilly all over the place before I started riding him. it was good for both of us.
I hear ya, Gettin' old ain't for sissies!!! My aunt used to say that all the time, unfortunately it's true. :-(
~Jane and Gilly~

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Sorry your back is out. Hopefully you will get in your trail ride in this weekend.
Boy you are right middle age isn't for sissies

Mrs. Mom said...

Amen to that Leah. What with hot flashes that are enough to melt polar ice caps, mood swings, and all the other goodies, it apparently ain't for OTHER people either! HA~

Take care of the back, and here's hoping you will be able to get back in the saddle soon!!!

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Ouch! Isn't it weird how the littlest things can tweak our backs after a "certain" age. Apparently my certain age was a couple of years ago-LOL.

I didn't realize it the night of the rodeo, but I pulled a muscle in my lower back trying to get Moon to go around 2nd barrel. The next day, I literally had to roll out of bed. WTH? I had 200 miles to drive that day and I was ever so thankful for the heated seats in the pickup.;)

Hope you heal quickly and can get back to walking and riding!

Paint Girl said...

I am so sorry about your back! Hope you are feeling better soon!
I also used to walk Brandy around before I rode her. I don't know if it helped her at all, since she has a high anxiety level but it sure didn't hurt to try!
Hope you can ride the trails soon!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Aw that stinks about your back!! I know that problem!! Ever since my accident when I broke my back 2 yrs ago I don't get to ride much at all :( It really stinks, sometimes I will do it and not care that I will pay the price later. I am coming to the realization that it will never be the same so I guess it'll get worse or just stay the same but I can't continue to miss out on the things I love!! I SO hope your back gets better ASAP!!

I think you are doing it right by taking them out to walk it first...Especially if they haven't done it before! I hope you get to at least walk the trail soon!!

Take care!!

jacksonsgrrl said...

Blah! No fun! I REFUSE to get old, I refuse to get old.... I am kicking and screaming the entire way you can bet on it. I will be riding on the day I die. Hopefully as a little old lady! You must get one of those horses fit for trailriding Leah! It is too much fun to be missed. If I couldn't trail ride on my horse I'd sell him I swear.... Hope you feel better SOON!!!!

Jenn said...

Oh no! Back tweaks are the WORST! You can't do anything when you're back hurts, darnit.

I hope you feel better and are back in the saddle SOON!

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