I'ts been almost 7 months since I fell off of Cooper, October 24 2014, and stopped riding him. I even stopped doing groundwork and only went out to see him a few times a month.
My prosthetic leg was hurting all the time and I was spending so much time with a new puppy, oh and I've been having fear issues. I did get back in the saddle after the fall but that was it since then.
Also I have been wimping out since my husband started working a second job in the evenings and I just haven't wanted to go to the barn by myself.
The new prosthetic leg is finally starting to feel better, not great, but at least its not as painful as when I first got it a few months ago. In the beginning I was only to wear it for an hour a day and then a few hours and after about 8 weeks I was told to start wearing it all the time and not switch back to the old one. Still don't know how it will feel when I put my foot in the stirrups again, hope I can do it!!
I started going up almost every night since it happened on April 28/15 to look after a wound on Coopers face. He got kicked in the field, just missing his eye, only fractions away from it. He was on antibiotics and I needed to keep the wound clean. After the antibiotics were done I started to use Manuka Honey on it and it began to heal very nice. There is still a little opening and a lump which the vet will look at this week when they do vaccines and deworming.
I'm trying to get back into working with Cooper now that I know I can do things without my spouse being there! I may not ride right away but no big deal if I don't anyway.
I have had a few non horse people ask me lately, Why do you have a horse if you can't ride and you don't do any showing or anything with him?? I say because he is my therapy, he is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time and I am not giving him up just because I am not riding or showing. I am never going to show, that is not why I got him, to try and win ribbons and stuff!! These people that are saying this are the ones that go away 3 or 4 times a year to Cuba, Mexico, Punta Cana, etc. That is what they spend their money on!! I have no interest in going anywhere so I will stay here and spend my money on my horse, my dog and my daughter. Although my daughter wants me to get a passport and go to at least one place with her once maybe twice LOL
I'm going to start with groundwork first and try to build my trust with him again. Last night I did about 10 minutes of ground work, trying to do some of the straightness training by Marijke De Jong. I only watched 3 of the 4 part mini mastery series, missed the last one that was for riding, but I read that it is very similar to what a lot of training is, western, dressage, etc. Just going to take my time, like I always do and not worry about riding yet, if I ride than ok, but no hurry for it to happen.
He has been very head shy lately, especially in the side that he was kicked on, I'm guessing that is why he is doing this.
I'm hoping to head up again tonight, Tuesday May 19/15 and do another 10 minute session, or longer if my leg doesn't start hurting.
Tomorrow night I will be going with my daughter to see Cavalia Odysseo!! She got tickets to take me as a birthday gift. I have always wanted to see it, it's going to be fantastic!!