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post #1 of 28 Old 06-03-2013, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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A Blessing in Disguise (?)

Well, I am officially horseless for the time being. We had made the decision to sell my spouse's gelding as the horse was simply too much for my beginner husband so he is off to a trainer and then on the market for a more appropriate home.

This trainer/good friend had also been pestering me to sell her my gelding. Her 7 year old son had an appy who looked almost identical to him out of the same lines. They had to that gelding down put down last fall and the little man is still inconsolable, he has seen pictures of my gelding and fell in love all over again.

I caved to the overwhelming feeling of it being "right"to sell my gelding under those circumstance and as of last Saturday I sadly shut the trailer door as both my geldings went down the road. I can of course visit them, but it isn't the same. The appy will no longer be mine and the draft cross will start a better suited career with a new owner.

What's the blessing you ask? Well I just got back from the orthopedic surgeon, and my knee has deteriorated to the point where I need full replacement surgery if I ever hope to be pain free again. I'll be out of work for at least 12 weeks and thank goodness I bought short term disability at my work though it only pays like 60% of my wages. I guess it's a good time to not have to worry about the horses...right??? Right??
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post #2 of 28 Old 06-03-2013, 07:57 PM
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Everything happens for a reason. Get the knee healed up, then the fun begins....you get to go horse shopping!!! Take me, Take me!
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post #3 of 28 Old 06-03-2013, 08:08 PM
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I agree with wares! Get yourself taken care of, and then pick the horse you want, and one that is good for hubby if he still wants to ride. Horse shopping can be so frustrating, but it can also be its own reward. You can meet some of the neatest people that way.

Good luck with the surgery.

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post #4 of 28 Old 06-03-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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(chuckles) Are you my trainer in disguise? That was her response. Although I am told I will likely never sit an English saddle again, nor be able to post for any extended length of time even in a Western saddle. Guess I should consider learning more about gaited horses in my soon to be spare time.

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post #5 of 28 Old 06-03-2013, 08:21 PM
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Disregard what you were told. I was in an auto accident at 17 and my knees hit the metal dash. The doctor in emerg. who knew our family told me I'd never ride again. As soon as the swelling went down I was back riding. I did have trouble with stirrup length and could ride the shorter stirrup for about 20 min then had to hang my legs loose for about 5 min. When I switched to western, I found riding with a long stirrup worked. By long, the bottom of the stirrup is at my instep when my legs are hanging loose. I've done many 2,3 and 5 hr trail rides over the ensuing years with no knee problems.



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post #6 of 28 Old 06-03-2013, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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I hope so Saddlebag, I hope so. Affored, the spouse still wants to ride, and I am hoping he will continue to take lessons while I'm stuck as a railbird.

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post #7 of 28 Old 06-03-2013, 08:28 PM
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It will all work out in the end, just you wait and see! We know someone who has undergone such surgery, and is doing fabulous!! Good times are ahead, and the best of luck to you :)
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post #8 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 12:03 AM
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it's sad to see them go, but it does sound as if the timing was right.

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post #9 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 01:29 AM
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Just a little note of encouragement, my mother had a knee replacement, a year and a half ago. She is a whole new person. she went from being in near constant pain, and barely mobile. To zipping around as if she was a teen ager again. I kept losing her in the crowd at Christmas time when we were shopping, I'd look up and she'd be gone, she was easier to track when she was lame.
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post #10 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 01:34 AM
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Oh on knee replacements. They are supposed to last 10 years right. My Mum had one at age 11 (she had a bone disease), she is in her late 60s now, with no issues, no replacement.
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