It has been a long time since I posted anything, but I thought I would share my story.
Two years ago, I had emergency surgery for an abscess on my spine. I was in hospital for 3 months and in serious recovery since then. (Physio is now my life!! lol) I finally got to come home and had to learn to stand, walk and ride all over again. I was able to get back on my horse after 6 months for the first time. It took three people to get me on, my horse was a saint!! I went from walking with someone leading, to steering and then to trotting, hacking out, lateral work and I am happy to say I am cantering again.
I am now riding Western Dressage and I just love it!! The saddle gives me more support and I thoroughly enjoyed the new tack shopping, because I just didn’t have enough saddles anyway. lol
I entered and rode in the WDAA virtual show and have done a couple in barn schooling shows. I wondered how I would feel when I looked at the test video, but I feel pretty good. I can tell that I am not that engaged in my legs but that is coming along as I regain more feeling. I am riding a walk trot test for now, but I am cantering again so I have my sights set on adding that next.
These last two years have been quite a challenge, especially with Covid thrown in. Horses and riding, in what ever capacity, have been the fuel to keep me going in addition to a big dash of stubbornness!!