“If I don’t make it through this I want you to promise me you will not sell Biasini. I don’t want him to be taken by someone who will just ride the hair off him and when he’s broken just dump him. Promises me that.” My husband agreed without hesitation. I was in the critical care section of the ER. I had been told that I was “very sick”.
Fast forward…… turned out I had colicked. That is what they call it when a horse gets a blocked or twisted intestine and is in severe pain and difficulty. Luckily for me my blocked small intestine released itself enough for the crisis to pass. Almost 20 years ago I had extensive abdominal surgery for cancer and the scar tissue left behind can mess up the intestines even years later.
Five days later I was allowed to go home and given extensive information about how I was going to have to change my diet. No fiber! All that healthy whole wheat eating….never again. Well, if it means I can avoid another blockage I’ll do it.
And what was my first port of call once I got out of the hospital? To the barn to see Biasini. He greeted me and gave me a nice nuzzle . I’m not back to riding for another couple of days and in the meantime my coach Belinda Trussell is riding him and I have the pleasure of watching her. I took some video with my phone. The background noise is the rain.
Here is Belinda asking Biasini for his best trot. What I like about watching Belinda ride is seeing how quick she is making corrections and how subtle but effective those corrections are.
Here is some canter work with Belinda asking for collection and then asking Biasini to go forward.
I will be back riding by the end of this week and maintaining my no fiber diet! Two great joys of this diet ….white bread which I love and …..no kale which is wonderful because I loathe it. 😃
The featured image for this post is taken at Markham Stouffville Hospital and is a sculpture with the names of donors to the hospital engraved on it.