I am not too fond of riding horses in freezing cold weather, but because riding Scamper is the only time that I don't feel broken, it gets me down when I am not able to go riding for a long time. My knee replacement surgery is scheduled for March 9, which means I won't be able to ride the sweetest horse in the whole world for at least a few months. The thought just breaks my heart.
To ease my pain, Rick saddled up the horses Saturday, and we bundled up for a ride. I must admit that it was very cold, but it was so worth it. I don't think I'd ridden Scamper for at least two months (gasp!). It's like magic. The second I climb in the saddle, my agoraphobia disappears, and I don't feel broken anymore.
The good news is that Scamper is the best incentive a person could have to do physical therapy. In fact, I asked the surgeon how long it would take for the knee to heal enough that I would not damage anything that he had done during surgery. He said two weeks, which got me all excited. Then the surgeon laughed, knowing that I won't want to go riding after a knee replacement. However, he doesn't know the bond between me and Scamper. I'll be riding sooner than he thinks.
I feel so blessed to have a husband that sacrifices a lot to provide me with a horse. He goes without a lot to pay for the expenses of keeping horses. He does all the work to take care of them, he gets them ready to ride, and he does it all to ease my pain. I will love Rick forever. How could I help it?