Sometimes Silence is Golden

A friend remarked last week that I haven’t been blogging for ages.  I guess the main reason is that I hate to come across as a moany ould so-n-so.

In a nutshell, my back is still giving me trouble, despite two massages a week from a physio and an hour of yoga almost every day.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s much much better than it was.  The acute lumbar pain is all but gone and there’s no sciatic pain any more but I’m still not doing ‘normal’ things, like riding for more than thirty minutes, or gardening, or paring my horses’ feet.  Every time I do something a little out of the ordinary, I have pain the following day.  I fear that once I resume living my normal life, it’s just going to flare up, leaving me crippled for weeks again.  I’m due to start a new treatment with a physio in April and I’m holding onto the hope that that course of treatment will finally fix me.

Then there’s the horses.

Aero is coughing – it’s pollen time and he’s now allergic to every speck of dust floating on the breeze.  We’re trying a homeopathic treatment prescribed by a vet/osteopath who is into homeopathy.  Her prescription included the advice that we should soak his hay… no shit, Sherlock!!! But they have a new field companion, so there are three horses in ‘our’ field now.  We’d have to soak hay for all three, because Prince Aero doesn’t like soaked hay and he’d eat everyone else’s feed.  And there’s no water at their field so water would have to be brought down.  And we live in an area of drought so it’s sometimes difficult to get water at all in the summer.  The alternative to soaking hay for all three would be to keep him on his own, which he would hate.  I’m holding that as the ultimate last resort 😦

Both horses had the dentist (a new one) in January and when I started trying to ride Flurry (very carefully, to protect my back) I realised that he’d been badly affected by the treatment.  He pretty much told me everything that was wrong – he was shaking his head constantly (atlas/axial joint was out), didn’t want me to touch his head (two frontal plates were out), particularly didn’t want me to touch the left hand side of his face (something else out there).  So he was also seen by the vet/osteopath who treated all of the above plus a long standing blockage at his withers.  But I notice him still shaking his head from time to time, so either he needs another visit or (oh please god, no) he’s also become allergic to pollen and that’s why he’s started head shaking.

So that’s all my moaniness off my chest.

I’ve got a more cheerful post on the way, I promise.

10 thoughts on “Sometimes Silence is Golden

  1. I’m catching up reading back through your posts! The allergy issue sounds like quite the battle. And poor Flurry–bad dental work? Egad! I replied later regarding the fall/head shaking, but it sounds like it started after the dental visit, if I understand properly. I hope you find answers for yourself and the horses soon. It’s good to hear from you.


    • Hi Anonymous!!! I’m not sure who you are but I’m sure I know you – do give me a hint, as I’ve already accused an old friend on Facebook of being the only person I know who’d use the word Egad!!
      I’m not terribly happy with the dental work TBH. Our normal dental guy is a vet, who sedates the horse and uses a power tool to do the teeth, but he was injured and we got an ‘manual’ dentist person instead. The job takes much longer, of course, and Flurry is not great at having is teeth done anyway so I’m sure there was some resistance on his part (I wasn’t there that day!) But I also find he is not very settled in his mouth since the dentist, although of course that could be a symptom of discomfort elsewhere. If only they could talk….


  2. Hope your back recovers properly soon. That’s really grim when you’re going to so much effort to fix it and not just sitting on your bum taking tablets (usually my strategy, mostly). Sorry to hear about Flurry’s teeth, you expect all dentists to do a similar job and they don’t.

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  3. Hi Martine, long time no type! I completely understand your back moaniness, as I struggle with similar – and yes, it sucks! Wish I could get my yoga in like you do! Truly hope your new treatment gives you longer relief. Our Nemo’s allergies got so bad last year, after trying most everything we ended up doing subcutaneous immunotherapy. It’s a pain, but so far so good. Thought to mention incase it would help your horses. There info & links on my post:


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