Jenny C. helped move Marathon to the trainer so he could take dressage “boot camp” while I’m on the human version of stall rest. Having great friends is a good thing.

Photo: Michelle N. Anderson

My dressage horse, Marathon, has struggled with soundness issues over the past couple of years. But with a new set of shoes and some veterinary help, he’s stayed sound through the spring and built back his strength. We even started incorporating collected canter and canter pirouettes back into his training.

And, wouldn’t you know it, unsoundness struck again. But this time it wasn’t the horse. No, I’m the one who’s lame.

I don’t have a good story about how I got hurt. Marathon didn’t kick me. My Quarter Horse Jack didn’t spook and dump me after flushing a pronghorn from the brush. My filly didn’t squash my toes and grind them into the dirt. Nope. Basically I got bucked off the sofa and broke my foot, and even that makes it sound more exciting than what really happened.

Here I am, almost summer, unable to walk or drive, let alone ride, groom, longe, clean paddocks, feed, pull weeds, mow, scrub water troughs É You get the picture.

So, what do you when you’re an at-home horse keeper and you can’t care for your animals yourself? That’s what I’m still trying to figure out. Fortunately, I have