|So happy to be riding again|
So after a few minutes of lunging I decided to give it a try. I pulled him over to my new extra tall mounting block and while my friend Dawn held him, I mounted using my right non-operated leg. Mounting with my right leg was harder than I thought it would be. After years of using my left leg to mount, my body is just trained to do it that way. Now that I am putting thought into it though I am not sure why we ask our horses to be balanced on both sides and we always mount on side. It just doesn't make sense -- it causes our left stirrup leather to stretch and has to cause our horses to be unbalanced. Once my left leg is back to normal, I plan on mounting on both sides from now on.
My extra tall mounting block worked great. Besides the fear of getting on a horse that had not been ridden in seven weeks, it was super easy to mount.
|After dismounting on the high block|
I even picked up a trot going both directions. There was no pain in the leg but I can tell its weak and there is a "funny" feeling at the joint. Kind of a wiggle left and right that I am sure is because the muscles have not fully healed to hold it in place. I'm sure they will find their place again though.
Dismounting was a bit scary. I just didn't know what it would feel like. Dawn held Golly and I slid down to the new mounting block. Again... besides the fear of the unknown it felt great. Success!
Golly was relaxed enough that after I got off, Dawn decided to hop on for a few spins around the ring. Its been a long time since Dawn has ridden so I think he must have looked pretty relaxed for her to trust that it would go well with her too. It did go well of course!
So a good first ride. I know we have a long way to go to build the muscles back up and I noticed in the picture that Golly has lost his muscling as well. We will get there though.