I had my TAH/RSO on September 5th, went back to work full time on October 22nd. Every day I felt better and my doctor told me to do what I wanted. My DH bought me a quarterhorse mare for Xmas and I started riding bareback last week. The day after my first ride I felt terrible. My belly hurt internally, not to mention my back and leg muscles, and my right side hurt a lot. I expected the back and leg muscle pain since I hadn't ridden in a while, but what's this belly pain after 3 months post-op?
Did you ask your DR specifically about horseback riding???
My personal research and DRs say that it typically takes 6 months to a year to be completely healed after this surgery. The initial recovery period is 6 - 8 weeks. It sounds like your body did not like your riding this soon. I think you're right about the 'expected' muscle soreness after you have not ridden in a while, but I don't think I would get back on the horse for a while if I were you. If you're experiencing alot of tummy soreness, that tells me your body is still trying to heal from your surgery. It might not be a bad idea to go and let your DR have a look to make sure everything is okay.
I had my mare walking around the corral...so she wouldn't go into a trot or gallop...but I did it bareback and that in itself is a little hard on the body. I still get very sore in the belly from being on my feet for very long at work.
My doctor was really understanding before the surgery, but became kind of hard-nosed afterwards. She really limited my pain medication when I left the castle and insisted I should be able to handle the discomfort on ibuprofen. I also needed to stay out of work an extra week or two, but she insisted I was ready to take on anything. I've talked to her about riding and she thinks I should have no troubles...only I do.
My DH doesn't understand why I still get tired after working all day and coming home to cook and clean. To him 3 months is long enough to recuperate. I thought I was just wimping out or whining too much.
I don't ride a horse but I did ride a mountain bicycle, lift weights and swim. Before surgery I asked my doc if I could do it again soon and he said not for a long time. I have my 6 week check Friday so we'll see what he says this time. If cleared, I'm starting with 5 pound weights and walking across the pool. I'll move up from there. Not sure about riding the bike because it is very jarring. Maybe some slow rides on a bike at the gym to start. Maybe limit your rides and do it as gently as possible then work up. No need for pain!!