I was having some back pain last week, so, very cleverly, I went to the chiropractor to get adjusted. Apparently my pelvis was very "out" and it threw the rest of my back out. My chiro--with a stern lecture of course--adjusted me and I felt fine. He did tell me I needed to go back the next week.
I was great on Thursday, great on Friday, fine all night. Then I got up Saturday, the morning was I driving up to NY for the saddle demo and....somewhere along the way as I was feeding the horses, or loading the car...something went back out of place. Sharp pain through the muscles in my middle back on the right side.
So, there I was, facing a long drive with major back pain and a saddle demo to do.
Been there, done that....so I was able to cope. I took some Tylenol and managed to get through the day without screaming in pain. Just a bunch of "ouches."
Of course, unless I set up an emergency appointment, the chiro office is closed on Sunday. This morning, I took some Ibuprophen, put my back brace on, gritted my teeth, fed the Boys and headed off for church. Not sure if it was the back brace or the painkillers, but something helped enough that I've made it through the morning OK.
I just unloaded all but the Western saddle from the car, and I'm feeling some twinges again, so I've taken another dose of Ibuprophen--seems to work better on muscles than Tylenol. I'm not feeling up to riding, so I still have not tried this Westernaire myself. I need to ship it to Ohio for the beginning of next week, so I have a day or so yet to test ride in it before I have to send it off. Right now, I'm not sure I could lift it up to Chance's back.
Please note, I said Chance here. I am not about to try it on Tucker. Not only is he too tall (17h), but he's already been ridden in a western saddle and since I'm not quite as secure in one, I'd rather not experience that. I'll opt for "steady Eddie" Chance on this one. I did rig up the billets (cinch straps) from my own Wintec onto the Ansur for now. They will work for a test ride. The Ansur should have had nice leather ones, but there was a mix up when the saddle was shipped to me without them attached.
But, as I've said, that's not on the agenda for today.