After a few days off and a few more days lunging it was time to get back in the saddle. The lunging had gone pretty well – Galahad was starting to track up nicely and even Cookster was going forward for once.
It was good to be riding again and both ponies were very well behaved. We had a lovely, gentle hack just pootling around the lanes – it was wonderful. More importantly, Galahad felt much freer in his stride and seemed to be working better.
On our way home we rode through a field which has sprouted clover flowers everywhere. It was beautiful!
It turns out that I am not quite so recovered as I thought I was.
I was so thrilled to be riding again that I went a bit mad. My sister and I went for a lovely hack on Monday, then I schooled both ponies after work on Tuesday. I thought I was doing fine but on Wednesday I was utterly exhausted and riding just did not seem like a good idea.
The trouble is that for the last three weeks I have spent almost every moment not at work asleep. Although I am much better I just do not appear to be ready to ride as much as normal. Or if I did I would in all likelihood slow down my recovery even more. I just have to accept that I need to ration my riding time.
It is hard though. The ponies went away to give me a chance to recover but now I have done that to some extent I want to make the most of the facilities whilst they are there. That’s just common sense. I suppose though that taking days off to recover now will mean I get to ride more much sooner. That’s what I need to think about!
On Saturday I rode Galahad for the first time in almost three weeks. It was so good to be back in the saddle! It has been very strange at home without the ponies – I get home from work and there is no need to go outside. Really odd.
Galahad and I had a fairly short lesson (I am still not quite 100%) but I was pleasantly surprised with how we did. Galahad was nice and calm and even when I couldn’t stop coughing he didn’t really react. One of my main concerns had been that he would spook at the coughing and I would not be able to control him so I was very pleased!
We even managed a little jumping which I was not expecting to be able to do quite so soon. We had three small fences lined up across the arena and jumped them in a figure of eight pattern. I was thrilled with Galahad during this exercise – he was very responsive and didn’t put a foot wrong. I on the other hand started coughing a bit more at this point and my legs were running out of energy – I struggled a bit to keep him going forward. As I said – still not 100%!
I was so glad to be back in the saddle and I am very much looking forward to getting back to full fitness.