Things have not gone well with my ribs. Today felt like the first day after I got hurt, as if I’d not spent the last four weeks healing. Something is definitely wrong. This became evident to more than just me as we sat before lunch and Linda asked me to demonstrate the difference between the two leading positions, Elegant Elephant and Grace of the Cheetah. I demurred, but she persisted. Oh, how I wish she hadn’t!
I stood, fumbled a bit with the wand and lead, mumbled something incoherent (even to myself!), and stood with what I hope was a benign expression on my face, humiliated at my inability to think. This is the last of the required trainings for the first level of practitioner certification, and I had planned on submitting my exam and beginning to send in my case studies to become a practitioner. I also have to be observed to be competent with the work. If I had hoped to show Linda what I know this week, my plans have taken a pitiful and very public detour. When I’m not in debilitating pain, I’m stupefied by the meds, and that is almost worse.
I can’t put together a coherent reflection of the past two days, so photos will have to do.
Delancey, a 22-year-old OTTB, has unpredictable periods of excitability and became dangerous to handle on our first day. Experienced TTAM Practitioners Jan Snodgrass of thegoodpony, and Pam Woolley placed him safely near a barn, where he felt more comfortable, and wrapped him in the Promise Wrap, giving him boundaries and a sense of composure. Since Delancey often “loses it,” and goes “out of his body,” the Promise Wrap is one option to help his owner calm him so that he can listen and learn. A few minutes later, led safely between two skilled handlers and feeling comforted by his Promise Wrap, Delancey was able to work in the Playground for Higher Learning. Come to think of it, a Promise Wrap might be what I needed to improve my focus.
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