Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Wow, what a summer. In a nutshell I had surgery, I recovered from surgery, thought I sold Cinny and the person backed out so we decided to keep him after all and now we are back to here.
So we are moving forward but I still have a barrier of my own to get over. Last June, before I even knew I needed surgery, I had a bad fall at the barn. I was mounting a big belgian and the mounting block tipped forward causing me to back flip over it and land with a hard corner edge in my bumm. My doctor at the time (the old doctor that always blew me off) said I was only bruised. Well, during recovery from surgery I realized I wasn't. I had a hard time walking because my hips kept catching. I went to my trusty chiro/accupuncture person (he does all sorts of stuff and can do xrays too) and it turns out that my hips are badly misaligned now. The right hip is about 2 inches higher than the left and my hips are slightly rotated so that the right is forward of the left. Imagine what this does to a sensitive horse!!! So I am undergoing a lot of chiro work to fix my hips and lower back and it's helping however Cin and I can be quite crooked at times. We both warm up out of it though and my rides are actually improving my hips so it's my therapy too.
I started riding again about a month ago, mostly on trails and playing around the arena. Cinny seems to have made good use of his time off and is a much more relaxed horse. We are both having a hard time getting used to the new way my body moves.
Yesterday I had my first lesson since June and my trainer says my rider is substantially different than before surgery (in a good way). It would seem my body was clenching with all the pain that I had learned to live with for so long and now I swing easily with his body. She said we may make him a lower level dressage horse yet! I am so happy I'm giddy. We spent a good 15 minutes in the best trot I have ever gotten out of him, after the best walk trot transition ever. And for once I know what it feels like when MY horse is being correct because when I felt it and asked my trainer said YES this is what it feels like. I thought it was going to be some phenomenal eagle flight feeling. In reality it feels like he's trying to poop and trot at the same time ha ha.
I also learned a good lesson yesterday. My horse does much better when I have completely given up on him altogether. We were having a hard time at first and I thought he was just getting tired because he is out of condition. I started cooling him out to end early and then he suddenly perked up. So I just played at what we were trying to do before thinking he still wouldn't do it, and he did LOL. So...when I'm in a bind, I'm going to give up on him.