Did I mention that I feel like toddler learning how to use my legs all over again? I am always amazed at the things I can now do, yet how much muscle mass still needs to be built back up to do the things I was used to, plus retraining and stretching the muscles that atrophied over the last 2-3 years.
I used the mounting block and was anything but graceful, but I did manage to get on by myself, and only slightly kicked poor Washoe in the butt. Before surgery, I could not swing my leg over the back side. I had to stand perpendicular to the horse, lift my leg over its back with my hand and then leverage myself over its back while I tried to twist into the correct direction, then lower myself down in a sort of sitting position. I had to sit or ride in a doubled up position for 10-15 minutes before my hips could relax/stretch enough for my feet to get anywhere near a correct stirrup position. Just being able to correctly - sort of - lift my leg over the butt and easily sit down is such a dream. With a few days practice, I won't even be touching the butt; those muscles now 'learned' what to do, I just need the strength.
I couldn't stop grinning, Washoe watching cameraman, Bill.We went on a short exploratory around a couple of blocks; didn't want to stretch things too much first time out. Boy, could I feel those butt muscles that had been severed! Washoe was a dream. Mark Rashid did such a great job with him at last summer's clinic, on teaching him simple collection, he rides like Jesse now; very smooth walk.
Gotta practice more stretches to get the heels down, but I couldn't even do this before.Well, I'm still on a high and there is snow in the air. The storm has arrived....but I GOT MY RIDE!!!!