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So many questions, where to start... So many questions, where to start...

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Unread 02-16-2002, 10:03 AM
So many questions, where to start...

Linda did a wonderful job of covering your horse questions, but I just thought I'd add my agreement - you will definitely need help! I have 4 horses (well, 3 and a half - one is a miniature!) and I had a TAH.

My horses live at my mother's house, about 45 minutes away from me. I couldn't even imagine going out there to be around them for about 3 weeks. I was so sore and swollen, the thought of being the recipient of a friendly nudge was too horrible to contemplate!

After 3 weeks or so, I started spending some time with them, but only gentle grooming, after someone else caught them and tied them for me. I still had to be extremely careful not to be bumped or nudged. After 15 minutes or so of brushing, I was worn out! This was difficult for me to accept, as I was 28 years old and used to a very active life, but the fatigue really was debilitating.

I first "rode" at 6 weeks. I'm not sure this really qualifed as riding, more like "sitting on the back of a very slow moving object", but I did walk my 23-year-old gelding around the neighborhood a bit. He is VERY quiet and dependable, and I felt ok. The hardest part was mounting and dismounting, with my belly still incredibly sore. I used a mounting block, which I never use, but it helped.

It took me until about 3 months post-op before I was riding my mare (she's a bit more of a handful). Even then, I only rode for short periods of time, nothing strenuous.

At 6 months post-op, I was back at my pre-surgery level of riding (meaning day-long trail rides, lots of trotting, some cantering). At that point, the fatigue had pretty much gone, and I didn't get sore anymore.

I hope this helps a bit. Good luck with your surgery, and I'm so glad you found us!
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