Last Friday my PT, Casey, came by to introduce me to my new walker. It was the first time I had tried to walk in 3 months 2 weeks and 2 days. I must say I was a little nervous, and weak, but I made it one time around the house. I did have to take a break at the half way point but I made it.
Sense then I have been out to get hay, with the help of my Pard Jeep, and have probably done more then I should for my first week but I can't tell you how great it felt to stand up. I felt taller somehow..
My PT and other nurse friends of mine are telling me I'm looking at, at least a year of rehab, before I'm back to where I was before this wreck, if I ever get all the way back. That worries me a bit but, it is what it is. And, I'll do what Casey tells me to do to avoid walking with a limp or developing some other bad habit with walking.
I'm still able to teach however. One of my students is coming over to let me help her with her new horse. I had the honor of helping her with another horse she had in the passed so it was great to see her and give her a hand. She will be back in a week or so and I'll try and get some more pictures of her working..
So, the long walk home begins. I'm grateful to all of you who have invested your time, money and prayers in out behalf. As well as the love and support of our great God Jehovah. Not sure where we would be without your continued support. Thank YOU..
I had a client come out tot he ranch a few days ago and we worked together teaching her horse to work around a gate. We didn't get quite that far but we learned a lot about the horse and what her needs are going down the road.
I was not sure how it was all going to go from a wheel chair but it was great. Because I could not get up and get in the round pen, Cindi, my client , had to do all the work. She had to figure out how to communicate with her horse so that her horse would start to view her as the leader.
I talk a lot about being safe around horses. If your horse does not view you as the leader in your herd of two, it's only a matter of time before you are going to get hurt. Does not mean it will be anything like what has happened to me but, they will walk on you. Push on you and, in time, do something to cause you pain, that would not have happened if the horse saw you as the leader.
Cindi and I have worked together in the past and she understands a lot of what I was talking about from lessons past. She and her horse are scheduled to come back in a couple week to continue.
Cindi also brought with her, her good friend and mine too, Donna. Donna and I have worked together in the past as well and it was nice to get caught up.
If you are looking for just a little help with your horse. Won't load in the trailer, or won't listen to you, when you really need him too, let me see if I can help you. If I can't, I'll give you all your money back.
Now for some good news. I saw my Doc last week and he is going to get me up to start walking. Got my walker a few days ago and I'm ready. I have been standing up, making sure I have things around to hang on to. It's amazing how easy it is to pull your pants up with you can stand on your own two feet. Anyway, PT should be here this week and we will start to get these legs working. I can tell just by standing up, that it's going to be a long haul.
Thought some of you might like seeing my latest X-rays.. Stop here if not.
In the picture above you see the very first ride I put on Charlie. Charlie was a colt that was here for training several years ago when he was three. The owner would use him later as a pack animal up in the Gila. When he was around 6 I got a call from the owner asking if I knew anyone that would be interested in him. I asked around but no one was. A few months when by and the owner called again to check on my progress. I told him I couldn't find anyone who wanted this great horse. So, he said why don't you take him? I agreed, and Charlie lives with us now.
He is a great horse. Kind, gentle and a joy to ride. I guess I posted this one so you don't all think I fall off all the horses that come here.
I have a friend and his wife that are here helping us out with things around the ranch. We have only known them for a few years. One of Jeep's, that's his name, goals, bucket list if you will, was to start a colt on his own. He got the chance to do that a couple years ago when I had one here. He had a blast and learned a lot. I now trust Jeep to handle just about anything that goes on with the horses. So, I'm open for business. Jeep will be here to do the heavy lifting and I will help him with the details of the training. So, if you have a horse that needs a little help. Or, you need a little help. Let me know.
Go to see the Doc next Monday to see what he thinks. Can't believe I've been in this Blank-a-t-blank wheel chair this long but whatever. I've talked with a very well qualified nurse friend of ours, who, after me telling her the details, told me that if I was taking a walk in the sunshine of New Mexico in a YEAR, I will have made really good progress. No one has really told me what the long term outlook is for this deal. I asked her to tell me the truth, and she did. It troubles me a bit, but with Jeep and the help of my neighbors I think we will be ok.
Good time to clean saddles. LOL My fav thing to do.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.