November was definitely a mixed bag as far as months go. There were some really great ups and some really terrible downs.
We had a slew of dog adoptions, including Donut
, the neurological chow mix.
The 10th was my birthday. That weekend, I went down to the Pine Barrens to do my first 50 mile ride since I broke my leg. I was riding a horse named Diesel, who belongs to a woman named Sally. I was concerned about my ability to ride 50 miles at all, let alone at a fast pace. Turns out I needn't have worried! Not only did I complete the 50, an FEI* event; Sally and I tied for first place with a blazing ride time of 4h13m.
I started working with Gunner, a driving horse who I knew as a two year old, two owners ago.
Photo ©MaryBeth Baur-Baker
Then, just as thinks seemed to be going smoothly, Mike dropped a knife that had been gifted to him. Unfortunately, he managed to catch it, and it sliced deeply into his right thumb. We rushed to the emergency room, where he was stitched back together and bandaged, but a few days later, he still hadn't regained feeling in the digit. Two visits with hand specialists led to a surgery date... the day before Thanksgiving. It turns out Mike completely severed the digital nerve and it had to be repaired with a collagen conduit. He's looking at a 4-6 week recovery period and missed the rest of the work season.
So yeah... hooray ride! Boo hand surgery! -_- I cannot wait for this year to be over....