I booked my surgery for the end of August. August 25th to be exact. I'm excited.
In short I'm getting Micro Body contouring in my abdominal area to get rid of nasty fat tissues that built up from the Depo Shot side effects and it has now been determined by my regular doctor that after 2 years of trying everything else, this needs to go because it's putting too much pressure on my internal organs and by sitting on top of the muscle it'll be easier to get rid of. It's actually a relatively gentle surgery and my healing time should be about 6 weeks. During my consultation the doctor told me I should be back on my horse by the 4th week for light riding.
My question, and this is because my doctor doesn't know a thing about horses. What is light riding? Light riding to me right now would be what I consider a light riding session. Walk trot and canter both ways for 20 minutes and done. But I don't think that's what they mean by light. I'll be in a restriction garment for 4 weeks. 2 weeks 24/7 and the other 2 weeks for 12 hours a day. Does light riding mean only walk, or walk/trot or walk/trot/canter? How long? Or should I just stick to the ground and lunge or ground drive instead?
My doctor and the surgeon said that after about a week I can go to the barn and teach lessons, brush horses, turn out and bring in easy horses. My incisions are going to be the size of or smaller than a grain of rice with no stitches needed, only glue if even that and they will be covered for 2 weeks. Until I can ride I have my trainer and a couple of my clients willing to work my horses for me and I have Legacy signed up with my trainer for the September Pinto Show.