I have always heard the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” I like to change it to “when life gives you limes, make margaritas”! Let’s be honest here. Lemonade can’t smooth out the day quite like a nice margarita!
But what do you consider lemons or limes? This is a whole other side to the phrase. Some folks think stubbing their toe is enough to throw their sucker in the dirt, so to speak. Well, I walk into walls, doors, trailer bitches 😳 often so much limes come in a different form than most.
For example—> right now I have one horse that got kicked on his cannon bone and is “off”. Another who FINALLY closed up his leg wound and then did something to cause it to just stay stocked up. If I had to guess, he went to run during fireworks and ankle slapped it. I have a race Saturday. LIME. On the plus side, I didn’t pre-enter. Add in the sweet and sour now…. and the section filled up to where I’d basically be up to run during the hottest part of the day… add in triple sec…. and both horses will recover with some time off, maybe a little sweat wrapping and maybe some bute… there is the tequila! My younger horse is not legged up so really… saturday is a wash. But I saved money by not going (ice and salt!!). This is my theory on how to handle those limes…
Funny thing is… God likes to say “wait” and we don’t like to listen. I was just dealing with the one issue then horse 2, whom was my backup (I was going to run him instead) showed his injury. That was my stop sign. I’m not giving up. I’m just going to drink my Rita and wait. God obviously wants me to sit this one out! He is funny like that!
This summer has been different for me. I now have a sun allergy. Yup. That sucks. I’m also really having issues with the heat to the point that I get a mega migraine and then feel horrible. Maybe July is just not good for me this year 🤷🏼♀️. So instead of trying to whip up some magical healing potion to make that run on a hot day, I think I will grab those limes… just sayin!
As horse people, we really need to pay attention to what is going on at all times. We need to take care of ourselves as well as our horses. We don’t “have to compete”. We can sit one out. I normally make my cut on Thursday before a Saturday race. That’s today y’all. I called it. I’m not going. Even if both horses magically become 110%… I will drink my Rita and ride at home.
This is all just food for thought really. I see so many horses that are looking a little lame at the race and I just think to myself… why? Why push it? Take care of that horse and I promise, they will take care of you!
After several months of doctoring Lynx’s leg, it finally it closed up and growing hair’ yay! However he is “stocked up” in that hind leg. Currently sweat wrapped! We have a race on Saturday. If I can’t get rid of the inflammation… he is out. He is stiff in the back leg. But it is healed!!!’
Splash took a knock to his front right. Lynx had a similar injury in the winter but never was lame. Splash is lame. Swear wrap applied. I swear they need bubble wrap!
When life does this to me, I realize I might have to skip a race. It’s sad but I rather have happy healthy horses😎
I am so excited and blessed!!!! Today Lynx will take the Champion Open and Champion Adult awards for the year!!!! The goal this year was to make it too as many races as I could. There are 12 races a year. You HAVE to make it to 6 to receive awards! I did miss the first race last June due to a big storm. As you might know, Lynx hurt him self March 28, 2020. I was blessed with a backup horse for the last two races! A Splash Of Jet cinched the saddles for the year! Splash is now part of my team!!!!
I could not have succeeded without God guiding me! I always like to say a prayer before my runs and reach out in person to pray with others before a run. God has blessed me with one AWESOME gelding Named Zbar Lynx To Cash. Lynx was born at our ranch. He is the third generation of my hand picked bloodlines. Yes, I also have Perks On The Fly, his maternal brother. So I am SUPER blessed!!! Adding Splash to the team is just icing on the cake!
So as I hook up to my trailer today, to haul to the BRAT ATTACK, All I Can Think IS….How BLESSED I TRULY AM TO BE ABLE TO RUN LYNX THIS WEEKEND!!! Healing up his leg has been hard. He has been giving lessons but not ready to run. Finally, this week, he is growing HAIR on the wound!!! I might have to run him in polo’s on the hind legs but….he is ready!!! He has gotten some good workouts in the last few weeks! Lord, thank you for blessing me with SO MUCH! Thank you for these amazing athletes to ride! Thank you for allowing me to run my own business to provide for my horses!!!! I am so blessed to be able to work from home! Thank you for blessing me with a wonderful husband and child whom encourage me to do what I LOVE!!! Thank you, Lord, for all the gear and the vehicles to get to and from these races! I honestly don’t know how I got to where I am today. Your Presence has infiltrated my life and Blessed me beyond belief!
As I load up today, I thank you for all of my blessings and my rides. I pray for safety for all, in and out of the arena! I pray that ALL OF US remember how BLESSED we are to have the opportunity to barrel race!!!!!! Without YOU, none of this would be possible!!!!!! Please help Lynx and I do the best we can and work together as a TEAM! In Jesus Name, AMEN!