On Monday, I rode my horse! This was actually the second time since my surgery.
The first time was a few weeks ago.
I knew it was really too early the first time, but I was sad and frustrated with where I was at and I wanted to do it so I did it. And it went ok and I have no regrets. I needed a win. At the time, I was very unsteady on my feet, in pain, and feeling very vulnerable. I was nervous on my horse and even a little shaky. I was terrified of falling and smashing my implant. I wouldn’t say it was fun exactly, but I did feel triumphant, like I had accomplished something. My knee started to twinge after about 20 minutes.
This time, I felt stronger, steadier, and was able to brush and tack up my horse myself. I even managed to climb up on the wheel well of my horse trailer to get on. Last time I only walked, but this time I trotted too, and it felt good! I felt much more comfortable and confident. I stayed on for about 40 minutes. My knee was starting to twinge near the end. I ended so happy and satisfied!
Yesterday I woke up a little sore and stiff. But the good news is, after plenty of elevating and icing and resting and walking and stretching and elevating and icing and resting…it felt quite a bit better by late afternoon. I took it pretty easy yesterday and today and it seems there are no ill effects! I would definitely call that a success!!
I also got my Covid booster yesterday afternoon and after feeling a little under the weather this morning, I perked up and took a walk this afternoon. I was maybe even slower than usual, but I made it all the way though the route I picked (a little over 1/3 mile). I’m not especially sore or swollen tonight. For the day after a Covid shot (and two days after my first real ride) I thought that was pretty good!
Days like this I think maybe I can do this after all