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Unread 01-21-2011, 05:27 AM
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Welcome Sister! Learn patience. Believe me, it is not worth going back even more steps by doing too much. I learned that lesson the hard way with pulling stitches too. I had my surgery on 9/10/10 and went on a real ride (nearly 2 hours) for the first time last weekend. My butt was sore, but no other problems. I test drove my current foster/rescue horse in December, but that was a simple saddle up, get on, see how the steering worked (he does both plough and neck reining) and got off. If I can get you to understand NOT to ride for the first 3 months of recovery, you will really be the better for it. Oh, and no sweeping or mucking stalls either. :-) It really truly makes a difference in healing. :-)
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Unread 01-21-2011, 05:34 AM
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I have two QH mares, mother and daughter. Have raised both of them and also the grandmother. Mom is 31 years old and daughter is 24. Both of them were retired from riding due to age and lameness. Daughter has arthritis inher ankle and walks around large pasture. Mom is doing well so far this winter. Tough to keep condition on her. Both are happy horses.
Unread 01-21-2011, 11:06 AM
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I have a pasture ornament with my gelding, too, zenyatta5! Born here, grew fast, started slow and never pushed. Started out with hocks at 6 yrs old, arthritis. After dealing with injections, etc. he seemed better. Then at 8 his front end was lame. He has terrible arthritis. Dealt (and deal with cortisone injections) and bute, but finally had surgery done to block some of the pain. I've ridden him once, and seen him happy and moving out in the field, but still he gimps around way too much. Gorgeous, tall, western pleasure horse with a 10 lope. Winter is hard on him, next fall I'm going to start into it with cortisone injections in October BEFORE weather gets bad. Love my horses
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Unread 01-21-2011, 12:13 PM
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I will certainly follow my Dr's recommendations. I remember (although super long ago) that it took quite some time to do much more than walk around on my horse after I had my daughter. At that it was 6 weeks after I had her. At least it is winter, snowy and cold so I'm glad to not have to ride in a way. There is an indoor where we board. My horse is getting out with my trainer and I have a young girl who rides her too. Just really miss it!
Unread 01-21-2011, 12:39 PM
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I had a Da Vinci hysterectomy Dec 9th. Wednesday my dr gave me permission to do whatever I wanted to, including riding! I'm pretty jazzed! My mare has been in training since November and so I'm riding next Thursday, then bringing her home and trading for my other mare--so I can have both mares in shape and ready to go! Very excited about getting some riding in this spring and summer! Didn't ride at all last summer.
Unread 01-21-2011, 01:03 PM
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Good to hear..let us know how the ride goes. I know that it will happen soon and I have to be patient...but oh is it hard!
Unread 01-21-2011, 08:42 PM
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Don't worry you will be riding before you know it; just takes a little time to heal. Like was previously mentioned give yourself at least two months or so.
I had my TAH a year ago this week and I was riding at 8 wks; even though it was only a walk around.
The first couple times I felt like a bow legged cowboy when I got off of him plus I had a strange feeling in my abdoment.
My horse is an 18 year old Quarter Horse named Sonny which is short for Evas Sonny Rey. He is the best horse I could have ever owned; I had two thoroughbred mares before him and we just did not match.
Unread 01-21-2011, 09:14 PM
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Hey Sisters!

So glad there is a thread for horsegirls! Seems like the only thing I'm really on top of besides showing up at work and surfing this site is making sure all is well with our QH "Gracie"!

Hello Taylor42 from up the I-5 in Bellingham! I've had horses since age 10 or so, and my daughter has been riding since age 5 or so. We now have one horse that stays at the boarding stable two miles down the road. (Yikes need fences here, and a sweet trailer) My daughter does 4H and zone shows and wants to do a couple of breed and state level WSH shows this year. Trying to get show outfits together (on a budget and wish child would stop outgrowing her stuff). First show 10 days post op, so dad will have to take her. He was raised around horses, but you know it'll be different without me helping.

Our mare is 9yo sorrel QH. we've had her for about a year. She is so darn cute and talented I just can't stand it! Thanks for listening!
Unread 01-22-2011, 08:40 AM
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I figured that when I started to ride, I can arrange to walk her out after my trainer rides her. Chiclet is really sweet and very gentle (and a lot lazy) so walking only won't be a problem. I can't wait to even start brushing her. I miss that interaction. I pet her and give her cookies but you can tell she's thinking, "Why aren't we going out?" By the way besides my horse and my husband's horse, my daughter (she's 28) just bought a rescue mule from an auction house for $135. The auction house holds them for a couple of months to try and sell but what doesn't sell goes to slaughter. He is so cute and only 3 1/2. He supposedly was started under saddle. I'll guess we'll find out soon.
Unread 01-24-2011, 06:59 PM
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Might be interesting with a mule to see if he reacts well to a saddle. It's funny you mentioning the mule because another lady I know rescued a mule about five years ago. Also was going to slaughter. She also had a Thoroughbred that had been rescued by a friend of hers. She used to joke that the two of them got mixed up because the mule did everything you asked and the thoroughbred did nothing they asked. Now the two of them are best buds and what she discovered is that the thoroughbred always had a dog, goat, or some other animal with it all the time. Apparently the horse did not want to leave the barn unless the mule was with her. My friend decided to do some barn remodelling to make the two stalls into one so that the horse and mule live together. It has really worked out great for her. Mule and thoroughbred are very friendly.

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