I was hoping that by now I could post a picture and a pat myself on the back posting about my first ride back on Golly after my knee replacement. I have to admit its a bit hard to write a blog about dressage riding when you haven't ridden for hmmm... let's see.... its been six weeks! I can't remember the last time I went six weeks without riding.
I had a goal to ride by week four and worked hard to get there. Like many riding goals though... you make them... you work hard to get there and sometimes it doesn't happen and you need to set new ones. Injuries of either you or your horse, weather, time conflicts or you just simply set a goal too lofty.
The Sunday after Christmas, I had it all set. It was an unusually warm and sunny day which would help ensure a mellow horse. A good friend had volunteered to get on first and then let me do the cool down. My knee was feeling good and my doc had given me the all clear to do any low impact exercise with "common sense and moderation". I was good to go.
Then a few hours before we had scheduled the ride, my knee got a sudden sharp pain that nearly knocked me to the floor. Turns out it my physcial therapists feel it was probably nerves refiring but it was a clear sign to me that I just wasn't ready and I need to let my body heal a bit more. Very dissapointing.
I am good with goals that require you to work hard. When my therapists told me that I would have to push past the pain and do my exercises every day multiple times per day, I made it happen. No problem. Now that they are telling me that I need to be patient and let my body heal, that's not so easy. Patience is not my best virtue.
But I've invested a lot of time off, pain, and work into this knee. I'm dedicated to doing it right.
On a positive note though... my husband made me what I am calling my "handicap mounting block" for Christmas. Its 2 feet x 3 feet wide, 2 feet high and very sturdy. I should be able to mount and dismount from it. I can't wait to use it!
Hopefully I will be on soon and will be writing about my first ride back but if not, I have some other posts that I have started that I would love to finish so either way... I'll be checking in soon.