Well, tonite was a blessing! After hearing from my surgeon that I might not be able to ride again, in fear of reinjuring my ankle, I had considered placing the mustangs in a new home. When it came down to it, I just couldnt go through with it, thank God, I saw this BEFORE they found new homes. Anyhow, I decided that since the surgeon said I need to start walking on my leg, still using crutches, to rebuild the muscling that was lost, and to rehabilitate the leg and ankle, I decided tonite, to walk down to the barn, and try grooming the horses. This was the first time I had walked down there in six weeks. I didnt expect much, just perhaps to be able to groom on Cass, since she has no fear, and would try to approach Cuervo with the crutches. I assumed he would be terrified of them. Beings he had only really been a one person horse, and I was his person, I figured that he would have revirted back to his wild ways, with me not being able to work with him. Todd had only worked with him a few times, and it still took alot of approach and retreat to get up to him. I couldnt have been more surprised! Cuervo actually missed me! I think perhaps he knew that I had been hurt, as it took him a few days to get over the fear of my wheelchair, but he would at least come up to me for a quick hello. Not tonite! I gimped over to let them in the arena, and he came trotting right up to me, and wrapped his neck around me, for what I call his hug. I groomed on Cass for a bit, and he got jealous and came in between she and I. He didnt get mean about it, but clearly made a point to her (she is the queen bee, between the two) to step out in between us. So I groomed him completely too. He kept hugging me, and gave me so many horse kisses I thought my husband would get jealous. Heehee. I then walked away from them, and they followed. I got out Cuervos jollyball and we played with it. Then I walked out of the arena and into the pasture and they followed me outside. Of course they walk faster than me on crutches, so they passed me up, and I went to set on the edge of the water trough. Cuervo was glued to me! Cass pouted, as she loves being the center of attention. They inspired me to take a walk out in the pasture. So, fact is, they are helping me recover!!!! This is the first time since I was told to walk on my leg (last friday), that I have taken this much initiative to get the exercize in. The doc said I should start on the crutches, and put as much weight on it as I could stand to. Use the crutches to carry the remaineder of the weight, and eventually use the crutches less and less until I can get rid of them. I wont say I wasnt in pain, because I was, but once I got around the horses, I decided to ditch the crutches for my little walk out in the pasture. So, I am claiming today, the first day of recovery, and owe it to my best friends, Castiel and Cuervo! Thanks guys. Sorry the photos are crappy, they were taken on my phone, but I am posting them, so I can look at them daily, to give me the courage and inspiration to continue my rehabilitation! Out in the pasture Cuervo wanting his turn to get loved on.
Although he'd been void of human hands,
this heaven scent creature is oh so grand.
He ran the mountains, he faced the cold,
A living legend the story's told.
A true survivor, caring for his lone,
but now he has a place called home.
I will not break his spirit down,
but cherish this gift that I have found.
Ill give him love, food and health care,
In exchange for him to share;
a trusting friendship, a ride so free.
For when I'm with him, I'm wild as he.