4Shoes 'BOOKENDS'; Morgan Horses

4Shoes 'BOOKENDS'; Morgan Horses
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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cripple Buddies & Horseshoes

This pretty, tanned gam sporting a full leg brace belongs to my niece, SockFeet. She slipped on ice at her workplace & torn her meniscus & some other ligament, so she'll be needing surgery. These braces work really well, but they are hella uncomfortable!
There was already a good amount of snow on the ground here & temperatures had gone from Autumn to Winter in one day, dipping as low as -18* (-2*F). However, Monday & Tuesday were very mild - it got up as warm as 0.9* (33.6*F); gotta luv those 30* temperature swings,eh? 
It was riding weather for sure! 
Sadly, I had no camera that day, so I'm subbing in  this Padre photo from 2006 in Alberta. Trust me, Padre was feeling just about the same way as he did in this snap. Super fun ride down the snowy trails!

It was also the kind of weather I needed to be able to chip the mess out of the rabbit hutches. Mother Nature sure did catch me with my pants down this year; I was still cleaning out the gardens when winter arrived & I did not yet have the Rabbit Shack set up for -18*! 
In the summertime I bed the rabbit houses with pine shavings over a dusting of Stall Dry (dries pee quickly & eliminates odours). For winter though, I switch that out to lots of straw bedding instead; partly because it's super easy to clean up, & partly because the buns weave the straw together with haystalks (after they've eaten the seed heads) to make nice cozy nests.
Ever the joker, Mother Nature sent us some light rain late Tuesday night, which made Mr Shoes' commute home a white knuckle drive.
Just getting back from doing chores yesterday morning, that dirty slick of ice pulled my leg out from under me & threw my arse down flat on top of the back of my heel while simultaneouly hyper-extending my ankle to the front. 
I pretty much obliterated this same knee in 2010 & haven't had 100% functional bend for the last 7 years, so Holy Ballz, it hurts. A really lot. I legit had to just lay there & cry it out for a good 15 -20 minutes before I could flip over & get into the house. Good thing it was only -6* (21*F).
So SockFeet & I are cripple buddies for a bit; having worn this brace for 6 months originally, I already tipped SF off to place a soft, thin piece of flannel between the back of her leg & the brace to make it less irritating on her skin. Eh, wisdom comes from strange places sometimes but, however you acquire it, might as well share your knowledge.
 Hearing about my fall, Slipper was attempting to be comforting when she said to me,
"Well, at least none of the screws popped out through your skin Mom." 
Ack, even just the thought of that makes me gag. 
On the bright side, I have found an unlimited source of free, used horseshoes.
I don't need 2 good legs to play with my treasure boxes full of fun!

10 comments:

  1. Ouch! I am glad that it was not more serious. I hate ice. Hate it. I have a set of those spikes you slip over your boots but sometimes the ice can catch you off-guard.

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    1. Yesterday I was wondering about some kind of ice grippers... little late. :0/

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  2. Ice is the worst. It's just so dangerous. The meniscus surgery is nothing really, I've had it twice. Sorry you are both wearing braces and in pain. The bunny picture is too cute. Glad you got a ride in though before the accident. Feel better both of you.

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    1. I just pulled/strained whereas SockFoot actually tore hers, so I'll be out of the brace in a couple more days but she's going to need the operation. Since she slipped at work, she's getting Workers' Comp; I'm glad because the bills don't stop when you're laid up & she has a young family yet.
      I love that bunny pic too - sleep number, haha, always makes me smile.

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  3. What a bummer for both of you. I slipped and fell today too, but not on ice obviously. I slipped in a puddle of dog pee. I'm not in a leg brace as a result, though. Get better soon. Read a good book. Maybe you two can start a book club?

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    1. I HAVE been taking advantage to read - I'm reading an excellent Ken Follet book right now. Sometimes I don't feel as though I get enough reading time - Mr Shoes has been home the last few days and doing all of the chores (he's a keeper).

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  4. ohh careful! Praying that, that is the only slip/fall of the season!

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    1. Yes, once is enough for this year. Thank goodness we are isolated, or my fall probably would have made it to one of those 'fail' videos. *cough*invasionofprivacy*cough*

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  5. Yikes! You're having horrible weather and horrible experiences in it! Here's sending healing thoughts your way.

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    1. It was just a slip & fall for me, luckily, but my poor niece.... The weather? Eh, it's MB life. ;-)

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