So many things go on daily at the race track. Things are always changing. Its like being on a roller coaster ride - sometimes your up and sometimes your down. Learning how to take it all in stride is a constant.
My first day getting back on a horse was last Tuesday, August 20. I had a lot of emotions going thru my mind leading up to my return date. Is my arm going to be strong enough to hold a powerful thoroughbred? I still felt the pulling of the soft tissues in my right arm when turning my wrist a certain way and thinking I hope I don't re-damage my arm and have to be sidelined again for not taking enough time. Then I was like what if when they give me a leg up I can't push myself up to get on the horse? Oh no what would I do then? So many questions racing thru my mind. Well I finally decided its now or never. When the alarm rang that morning at 5am I was thinking OMG I have to get up now? I've been able to sleep in with my daughter until 8am(Lol) But once I got up it all came back to me, my routine of getting ready for my morning at the track. Arriving at the barns and seeing the Trainers, Jockeys', exercise riders, grooms and hot walkers was like coming back home. At the track we are very competitive but we are all family in one way or another. I was finally able to hustle a trainer to put me on a horse to jog.(I had been off for a little over 4 weeks so I wanted something easy to test my arm.) Trainer David Kassen gave me that opportunity. He sent the pony with my horse because he said she was a little strong. I got a leg up and so far so good my arm felt good with just a little pulling of the soft tissue up my arm. Once on the track, we started to jog and the filly took a good hold of me and also the pony boy, but it felt great on my arm. I think with all the blood flow going thru my arms helped accelerate the healing process. When I got off the horse my arm actually felt better than when I got on. I was super excited.(I thanked GOD quietly in my head for giving me the opportunity, again, to come back to do what I am passionate about) So for the next few days I jogged and breezed horses for different trainers. I got my first mount on Saturday, August 24 for trainer Eric Reed. I felt so relaxed in the post parade and my horse was very professional even though it was her first race of her career. I finished 4th but all were happy with the way there horse ran including me.
The new week has started and I am looking forward to getting back into full swing. I ride one tomorrow and two on Friday. See you at the races!