First Ride Back

You guys, I got to ride my horse for the first time in WEEKS. It may as well have been decades because HOLY MOLY did I miss this creature.

Ignore the feral-length mane and LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS

The major ouchie I’ve been dealing with from falling down the stairs (which is seriously the stupidest way to get injured) is a bruised tailbone. For a day or two I was pretty worried that it might be cracked, but at this point I’m almost certain it’s just really badly bruised. Standing, sitting, and laying down are now fine, but bending over/picking things up off the ground does require some ginger movements (major MVP points to Frankfurter for holding his own feet up for me to pick). With that in mind, I wanted to ease back into the saddle pretty cautiously.

Frankie is also freshly clipped and it’s been frigid here, so I wanted to be sure I didn’t have SpicyFrancis under me. We only get 2-3 days a year of SpicyFrancis, and luckily this was not one of them. Big Man was an absolute perfect angel.

Unamused by his crippled mother. Also so in love with his winter orange snoot.

The verdict so far: walking is completely fine. Posting trot causes a few twinges but nothing too bad. Half seat is uncomfortable, sitting trot is right out. Cantering is also pretty uncomfortable- half seat remains twingey, and sitting is still no bueno despite how smooth his stride is.

I’ve had a bad tailbone injury in the past that I rushed, and it haunted me for literally years. So I’m going to move forward with an abundance of caution here, and stick to walk/trot for a bit until I’m more healed. Overkill? Maybe. But I’d way rather take it slow and steady and let myself heal completely.

In the meantime, I could not be happier to be reunited with my best boy. I don’t think I realized just how much I missed him until I was back giving him scritches- I had tears in my eyes when I got to hug his neck and feel his nose on my shoulder. He’s so playful and curious and kind and funny and sweet and I often struggle to articulate just how much I adore being around him.

The happiest to just share time with him

Slow and steady is just fine for now, as long as we’re together ❤

14 thoughts on “First Ride Back

  1. martidoll123 12/10/2018 / 11:42 am

    YAY for being back in the saddle (albeit very gingerly LOL). He looks great and you will get back at it soon enough. This is a good time of the year to have to take it slow!! Tailbone injuries are the worst!! Feel better!


    • hellomylivia 12/10/2018 / 11:48 am

      He’s probably just happy that his vacation is getting a little extension!! Happily healing and happy he’s so willing to take it slow with me 🙂

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  2. Stacie Seidman 12/10/2018 / 2:32 pm

    So sorry about your pain in the butt! I hope it’s back to normal quickly so you can get back to work. I guess at least if that had to happen, now is the best time. So glad you’re back with your main man (sorry to the hubs… but we all know that’s the truth 😉 )


    • hellomylivia 12/11/2018 / 8:19 am

      Hahaha my MIL used to ask who I meant when I said “my best boy.” She has stopped asking 😀


  3. Tracy 12/10/2018 / 3:52 pm

    You’re back! YAAAAAAAYYYYY!


  4. Liz 12/11/2018 / 6:39 am

    Hurray for time with Frankie! And overabundance of caution sounds perfect because that injury has got to be one of the most obnoxious ever! Heal heal heal.


    • hellomylivia 12/11/2018 / 8:20 am

      UGH FOR REALZ it’s more annoying than anything else. Impatiently waiting to get back to it with the snoot.


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