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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
You poor dear! I know just what you're going through though, I had surgery just a few days before you, though mine was gallbladder surgery to remove it from my body, redirect the bile, and to fix one of the sphincters in my throat. I also was having severe heart burn and gall bladder attacks, as well as constant nausea.
My doctor (who just happens to ride leisurely) told me to wait 6 weeks to ride again, but that at five weeks I could start walking around if I wanted to, if someone tacked up my horse for me. I guess he understood that I just cant be out of the saddle for a month and a half!
You really just have too play it by ear though. Listen to your body. Its been almost a week since my surgery and I'm just now starting to walk normally and I'm still on light pain meds. Theres no way I could pull myself into the saddle of even a 13hh horse right now, and not next week either! xD
I plan to start out riding our 28 year old been-there-done-that lesson horse, and just hacking out for a while at first. She has a beautiful western jog and rocking chair lope so I know she won't unseat me intentionally and willl be comfortable. I don't think I'll be riding any of our green horses for about 8 weeks though. I'd hate to re-damage myself!
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