Thank you tempest. I just kinda wanted to close out the thread with a final update (well.... for this one at least haha).
I'm just going to say that yes I may be a little bit stupid but the following was done with me thinking four steps ahead and having my wonderful mare be VERY understanding and amazing (and I wouldn't have done this if I didn't trust her 110%). My mom took her for a short trail ride and when she got back asked if I wanted to try to get up on her. Since I've passed all my resistance tests, have been very good about my limits, and am seeing the surgeon SOON for a check up I decided to give it a go. I mounted from the usual side, only didn't push off with my injured leg but pulled myself up, and got up with no problem or pain. I also didn't put my broken leg in the stirrup so that should something happen I wouldn't have any weight on that knee (or be bending it too far, etc).
My mare is a saint. She has always had this innate ability to know what her rider needs and does it. In my case every step was like she was walking on a tightrope and she was so slow and careful. I said "whoa" and she stopped dead, I asked for a circle and she did a circle. I also did a bit of jogging (hers is smooth as silk and nice and easy) and she was the same way, a consistent pace and was always very careful, and patient. My posture wasn't too bad either, but the main thing was that my leg/knee has never felt better! I really think (both) of my legs being able to be free from stress, and moving with the horse in motion helped a lot. It also gave me more mobility than I've had in about 5 months, which was amazing. The hardest part was getting off because none of the excersizes work those muscles, but my girl put up with it like I was 8 years old again.
I might not be able to do any rodeos or ride as often as I did pre-injury right now, but I'm getting there slowly. I know I did this a bit early (about 6 or 7 months so
) but I really think that it was something that I had to do in order to move on and prove to myself that I could do again. Thank you again for all the comments and support!
Oh! I know that this isn't really pertinent to rider wellness but if you guys could keep my barn in your thoughts/prayers I'd be really grateful. We had a horse come back from Florida and was acting weird, he fell in the cart around the same time as I got hurt and now my trainer's taking him to an EPM specialist and is 99% sure he has it. I'm a groom for him when here's here and it just breaks my heart that he has to go through this. And then after I was done riding my mare, a training horse that I'm especially attached to was down and in distress and having respiratory issues. We managed to get him up and bring him to the barn and the vet gave me step by step instructions on giving him CPR/assisting his breathing, and took his temp, but now we're wondering if it's ANOTHER case of Potomac. Nothing's positive yet but if so I'm going to be living with my boss for a while to help her out as much as I can because I'm the only one that he lets give him his vaccines/mess with him without fighting. These horses are dear to me and my trainer as we're with them almost 24/7 so to have two sick at once is just gnawing at us.
Thank you again! :)