Today is the first of August. My spinal surgeon said I could ride in August so I am taking that as the first of August. To be honest, I was scared. All today I was putting it off. I kept finding a reason not to. But all that has gone before and all that will go on after made me do this. I needed to do it, even if you understand or not.
Haakon is my friend. We have known each other for over 15 years. I have watched him this Spring and Summer look at me while others have ridden him. It has been very difficult. Now it was my turn.
I did what I always do – I was on my own. OH knew what I planned but he sensibly stayed well away, ready to pick up the pieces if necessary and package them back to the NHS. I had all my stuff – my back protector, my hat, etc ready to go.
And so we did. Ok, not pretty, not much use but I did ride. I make no excuses for how I look and if you cringe, just remember I have had immense spinal surgery for the 3rd time and my left ankle is in a splint.
I realise my riding career is going to be brief. I am back for more surgery in September but I enjoyed it, so who cares.
We tried out an Inter-Dressage test (internet dressage test) in walk which was hard work as Haakon spooked at the bit of paper I was holding when we tried it first in-hand. Silly old fart. Meanwhile, BeAnne positioned herself at A so we knew where it was.
Today was wonderful, an eye-opener and I fully intend to continue riding until I cannot again. I know some of you are sucking your teeth but I have had so much taken away from me these past few months, and I have played ball, so I need this one thing back for a little while. I need to fly.