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Riding for first time after spinal surgery????

hey all..
Not sure where to post this so I thought I would put it here...
Is there anyone else on the forum who has had neck surgery?

I had my spine fused in Sept of last year and my horse is far from being ridable at the moment, but I want to start out taking lessons again.

My backround;
I will be 40 in Dec and have ridden horses since the age of 5 yrs old.
As I grew up I was an avid rider every day. Lessons while younger in many phases of riding but I seemed to land in the 3 day eventing at about age 15. I went to school part time and worked with a trainer the rest of the time. I did lower level dressage in 3 day and have taken some horses from my father OTTB and restarted them as potential hunter jumpers and or 3 days eventers. As I got older I was paid to ride other peoples horses and show and school them....
I took a Hiatus from life for a while and horses were sporadic in my life....
I now have my horse who is an OTTB and is now 8. Unfortunately i was injured at work and recovered from that then was in a car accident 3 weeks later thus the spinal surgery...went to the gym after the neck surgery and had to have knee surgery this past march.
My TB would have been restarted by me had I not been injured but since I was unable my father sent him to a woman who did restart him. He has since lost contact with her so i am basically dealing with his foot issues while starting over.

I want to take lessons again and re-familiarize myself with my riding....
While I have shown at the highest part of Training levels in Dressage I know for a fact that some of the things I know and understand are burried inside my head/memory....

Where to start when I ask for a lesson???
There are two trainers at my barn. One I thik is a lower level trainer and costs less money, and the other is for all levels but more money....but she really is a great trainer and actually will be helping me with my horse on the ground.

I feel I am ready to ride this August. When I ask for a lesson wouldn't you all think that due to the neck and the knee I start out slow and basic even though I can do certain things....I do not in any way want to push myself....to much...
I am even thinking the first things to be acessed are my seat and how i move and apply the aids for simple bending, walk trot transitions collection at the walk and trot...if tolerated...
I did ride for about 15 minutes (western) and my knee was more if a pain than my neck,
So I am looking for any suggestions as to what to say when I want to start....
I purposely have not purchased and boots or a hard hat yet....becasue I do not think I will ride until I see the doc who did my knee surgery at the end of this month.
One of the kne strengthening excersises that Physical therapy has me do is Squats...
That is good and something I can do while rising to the trot or even just doing the rising and sitting motion while walking. I also think that doing stretches while at the walk would be good and a nice way to slowly acclimate myself to riding again....

What do you all think.....
Does this sound like a simple way to start....even tho i have worked with horses all my life other then a Hiatus from life...lol,
that does not mean that my body is ready for me to jump on and go...
The last thing I want to do is get reinjured...
Oh...My spinal surgeon said after or around the year mark I am fine to ride as long as I introduce it slowly...I am done with jumping...so Dressage and WP are things i am interested in...

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