So it has been a while since I have written but so much has happened. Last week I rode Freedom one day but it was for a short ride and it was bareback. He did really well. The rest of the week was either rainy or I was busy with family stuff. My sister Rose Mary is leaving for volunteer work at Mountain View Nursing Home and we are taking her this coming Saturday so I have been sticking close to home and spending time with her. Also with Lucy’s having puppies, that has kept me a bit busy.
Well then this past weekend, Tyler was around. He came on Thursday and surprised me by coming on my birthday instead of waiting to come on Friday like I knew he had planned ;) It was a wonderful birthday surprise. Friday, Tyler and Rose Mary invited my four cousins who are like siblings to me over for a surprise birthday party. So many memories and great fun!!!! Saturday we had a wedding and since it was a dreary day we didn’t do much.
Sunday we did our family Christmas because Rose Mary won’t be able to be back for Christmas due to arriving 10 days before Christmas at Mountain View. Tyler and I went to the horses around 3. We finished the chores and then talked about riding or something. I thought maybe a cart ride would be nicer since I hadn’t ridden either horse that week. So we decided on driving Freedom.
We hitched up and left around 3:30, with a little over an hour of daylight left. We had a wonderful drive until we were almost back. We could see the driveway and were a couple feet away from turning in. We heard a car coming up behind us so we knew we would wait to look back to see if traffic was coming before making the turn in the driveway, till the car passed so we didn’t turn to look back. Good thing we didn’t or we would have tensed up most likely. The car hit us on the left side, the side Tyler was on since I was on the right. The car caught the tire and then by bending the tire, lowered the cart closer to the ground which caused the car to catch the seat. Thankfully Freedom only got a bit scared and jumped forward a little but I was able to stop him. After stopping him, he did jump again but I got him calmed down a bit. After making sure Tyler was ok and I was ok, we unhooked Freedom and then walked him down to the barn. Someone had stopped by and helped them move the cart off the road.
I should say that the reason she hit us is because it was around 4:15 or so and there was plenty of light, it was just the fact that the sun was setting and she couldn’t see us because of the sun being right at that spot. Earlier in our drive, I had ducked down so I was in Freedom’s shadow so I could see because the sun was right in my eyes, therefore I totally could understand why the lady hit us.
Well we all walked down to the barn and I checked Freedom over. He had a scrape on his neck from the shaft on the right side, a scrape on his lower right hind leg, and some of the frog on his left hind hoof was sliced but not totally cut off. It wasn’t very deep but I knew that it would need to be covered so it doesn’t get infection in it. Tyler was limping from a bruise on his calf muscle and sore other places and I didn’t feel sore then. Now my one leg has a bruise on it and my neck and back are quite sore.
I got Freedom all bandaged up and then we came home. Tonight I bandaged his hoof up again (will have to do that for a bit…we shall see how it all progresses) and he is on stall rest for a bit. He was given bute last night, this morning and tonight and he definitely is more himself than he was last night or even this morning. He is still sore and probably will be for a bit. So, so very thankful that though things could have ended differently, the worst of the damage is a lost cart, some injuries but everyone came out of it alive! I will say, I have never in my life been as scared as I was in that moment. It is still something I will need to work through and I have a feeling there will be things I need to work with Freedom through once I can ride him. For now I don’t have a cart but someday I want to get another one. I am so very thankful to God for his protecting hand on us at that very moment and for the safety that He provided!! :) He is so good and I want to praise Him for His continual protection and care!
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.