Canter & Candor

Canter and Candor; an honest account of an amateur equestrian and her life with an OTTB

Going According to Plan


Filed here under “Things that never happen”.


This is my right leg, after someone snapped my fibula during a soccer game. What this means is: no riding for 6 weeks, no walking for 5, and no driving for 4.

What this also means is, no Woodside BN, and the end of my competition season.

Needless to say, I’m a little down in the dumps. I can’t work, either, because all my jobs are based at the barn and I can’t teach for liability reasons. So a little under two months of no riding, no income, and I have no idea what I’m going to do (other than become a couch potato and watch copious amount of Netflix).

Cori, however, is going to Trainer Boot Camp. N is doing a great job with him so far, and now, she has a super beautiful custom saddle to sit in while she does it (can you sense the bitterness yet?! I just want to sit in it! Just once! But I don’t think C would appreciate The Walking Boot, aka Medieval Torture Device).

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C, with so much good muscle and weight on him, and LOOK AT THE SADDLE!!

It’s havana buffalo and dark brown calfskin patches and white piping and it is soft and beautiful and fits him perfectly. I am so so excited to see the changes in the way he moves (since there was already a vast improvement with the last saddle change) and jumps, and I only wish I could experience it for myself firsthand. The price tag actually wasn’t bad for a completely custom saddle (I picked the leather type and color and piping, plus the metal type, monoflap vs regular, and on top of all that it got here in under 2 months!) and the saddle came from Adam Ellis in England.

C has been very good about delivering cuddles and making sure I don’t get too down about the whole thing. I’m doing my best to keep positive, and at least I’ll be 120% sure we’re ready for BN by Spring.

With all that said, I may update C&C if/when I go out and watch C’s training sessions, but as I am currently not working at the barn, and temporarily moved back in with my parents while I’m immobile, I’m not sure I’ll have much to blog about for the next while. But I will definitely have time enough to browse through all of your blogs, and ride vicariously through you, so keep me entertained! I’ll see you there.


— M


8 thoughts on “Going According to Plan

  1. Aw I’m so sorry 😦 I had the same injury on my left leg last fall/winter (meaning at least I could still drive)… And wow it just really sucked. Hang in there tho. Time may feel infinitely slow for now (and maybe the foreseeable future) but it WILL get better! In the meantime tho congrats on the new saddle!!


  2. Aw noooooo. That’s poo. At least your trainer can break your saddle in for you?


  3. Damn! This is why I don’t do anything else that might break me. So not worth losing the riding time. Haha. That is such a bummer, but at least you’ll get to come back to a really fantastic horse!


    • Yeah, I’ve played soccer my entire life and never had an injury that put me out for more than two weeks… guess I pushed my luck just a little too far 😦


  4. I’m so sorry to hear that 😦 Your saddle looks lovely, your bum will be in it soon πŸ™‚


  5. Every riding hiatus I had had to take, voluntary or involuntary has been hard to deal with, but I have always come back with new perspective and focus. I think you will too! Time to research things on line, plan for the future and work on upper body and core strength. Good luck and keep us posted!



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