Monday, May 14, 2012

Knees Are Great

But What's Up With the Riding?

I went to my orthopedic doctor on Friday to have my six month knee checkup. They are just great! Apparently the swelling I have--especially after vigorous activity--is perfectly normal, and very expected at 6 months. The doctor said the soft tissues take a very long time to fully recover after the replacement surgery, and it well might be a year to a year and a half before things settle down completely.

After the appointment, I went to lunch with my sister-in-law and then visited her new cat, Bella. (Who happens to be a boy...long story as he is a neutered Maine Coon with gorgeous long, soft fur)

So, I have no reason physically not to ride, so what's up? Wish I knew. I am totally unmotivated.

I am guessing it's mostly because I have no specific goals in sight. It's never really been that way with my riding career before. I was either competing or taking lessons or going to clinics or something. Now, retirement from the show arena and nothing particular on the horizon is not exactly what I'm used to.

All three Boys are fine, shiny and happy. Yesterday I think Toby had a bit of a tummyache at dinner time, but I kept an eye on him and he came out of it without a full colic episode. But other than than, all is well.

Tucker and Chance do need some work to get some of their weight off--they thrive on air--and Chance needs work for that stifle of his.  But I am lazy. Don't know why.

I certainly do enjoy my time in the saddle when I do manage to mount up, and I still definitely enjoy the challenge of training. But what I need is a routine or habit to keep me going.

I suspect I'll figure it out sooner or later.

Meantime, I don't think the Boys care too much.


  1. Anonymous7:26 PM

    Boys don't care, question is, do you?

  2. I can relate to everything you're saying. I never considered myself lazy and I'm sure you're not either. We do enough work around the barn/farm right? Still I find my motivation is at a low ebb these days too. It might be there are no goals in the works, no shows either, there's nothing to work towards. Like you I think I'll figure it out, maybe set a goal for each horse or myself.

    In the meantime glad your knees are doing great and on schedule with their rehab. Maybe you've earned a little down time to relax for a while and ride and train when you do feel like it.

  3. Sometimes I get unmotivated too, and I think I'm being ungrateful because I'm passing up the opportunity to ride. but then, sometimes the horses are unmotivated too, so, it's really ok!
    and yes, glad your knees are doing well!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond