Normally, during the summer, we switch to 7-8am lessons and 7-8 pm lessons. However, this July is excessively HOT. We are supposed to get a cool down after the 14th of July.
I have edited my work schedule to reflect this excessive heat. I don’t want to pause lessons. After watching my morning lesson student get sick after her 8am lesson and seeing that it is 105° at 7pm, I cannot put my students or horses at risk in this extreme heat!
Please pray for rain! Thank you for understanding. Remember, I’m keeping my riders and horses safe.
I promised I would update before and after my surgery! The surgery was for sure needed on my shoulder. I had some tearing of my labrum and my rotator cuff. I had bone spurs on my clavicle that was, in fact, wearing on my rotator cuff. If this situation is like my left shoulder, I assume that when I was kicked in the chest last September, inflammation then formed in my shoulder on the side I was kicked leading to persistent irritation! Same thing happened in my left! They also removed my bicep tendon and anchored it to the bone vs the joint capsule!
Anyhow, it has been a little over two weeks and my shoulder is still in a sling! I do get out of my sling on May 6. I will be limited on weight. Right now, I’m not allowed to lift anything with my right arm. Eventually I will work up to five pounds etc. But, I’m doing pretty good! As long as I don’t physically use my right arm, all is well!
For lessons— I am wanting to start back the first week of May for those that can saddle the horse! If the rider cannot swing the saddle, I will either need parental help or message me so we can make sure Hannah can be there! I won’t be able to handle more than one student at a time. If there is a family with two riders, message me so I can have Hannah there! I miss my students! This will be a slow process and I will be feeling my self out to see what I can handle so please be patient! ❤️
As an independent individual, being grounded is really hard! Currently, I am one week post op with my right shoulder. They removed bone spurs, unattached my bicep tendon and reattached it to my bone. They clean things up! But this surgery requires me to not use my right arm for at least 4-6 weeks. Nothing but physical therapy. I can’t drive for another week. Also, since my truck is a standard, driving won’t be possible until I find an automatic to drive! Then, after the 4-6 weeks, I will still be limited to 5# for an additional 3-5 months.
My current mental state is wonky at best. I don’t do well with limits. I don’t do well with letting someone else pull the slack. It’s not in my nature! On the flip side, this shoulder has been a real issue for a LONG TIME. I need to be whole again so that when my young horse comes home from training, I will be able to ride him correctly! I have so many things I want/need to do. Patience is also not on my “skills list”. I’m literally getting stir crazy and I’m only one week in!
I am looking forward to watching my students saddle their own horses! Guess what kids? You will get to brush, saddle, bridle, ride, un-bridle, un-saddle, brush and turn out your horses for lessons now! I’m not going to rush back into lessons just yet! After my two week check up, I will be coaching on days that Hannah can come assist! Getting hot while on pain meds and with my arm in a neoprene sling is not a good idea! So I will give my wounds time to seal up and only coach on Hannah assisted days until I have my students fully trained to saddle without assistance! I think this will be a great benefit to all of my students! Yes, parents of young kiddos, you will be a vital part of this new chapter for RES RIDING LESSONS!
My time, right now, is mostly spent planning, icing my shoulder, journaling, thinking of ways to drum up some cash flow (y’all, I have horse tack for sale on my FB page!) and just healing! Yes, I’m drinking LOTS of water! I’m not allowed to handle the horses at the moment. It’s actually kind of interesting. I was leading Honey with my left hand. She spooked and my body responded with my right arm. Muscle memory is a crazy thing! So since I always lead horses with my right arm and my body decided it can’t break the muscle memory reaction, it’s just safer for me to not handle them! They are all fat, sassy and enjoying the green grass right now!
For anyone that misses my horses, after next week, they Thursday, you can text to see if you can come out and help out! I’m sure I will be ready to get out of the house by then! Thank you to all whom have pitched in thus far to help me! I really appreciate you! ❤️