But this is when I'm really thankful I was able to avoid a C section (which secretly I thought sounded way more pleasant than going into labor at an unknown time and then, you know... being IN LABOR). A friend of mine had a C about a week before our peanut was born and she's still in massive recovery mode while I (although floppy and out of shape) felt totally ok with putting my leg over Gus 2.5 weeks post baby.
|Gus was way less excited than I was|
I've been walking about 3 miles a day, but walking is not riding and I was curious how okay I would feel in the saddle....turns out, I felt great! I mean, I felt floppy and my core was crap and my legs were squishy, but that can be overcome.
Even more exciting? Gus felt awesome. As good as he felt when we took him to that B show last year - which I think is as good as it gets for Gus But its nice to see that all the ground work with M2 is helping keep the big guy comfy!
I was planning on mostly walking with a little trot, but Gus got a full ride in. Shoulder in, lots of trot, lots of transitions, quite a bit of canter... it was fun! I even got a bit wild and asked for a few flying changes... Gus was, as always, an obliging gentleman. Very fun first ride back :)
The only thing that's not so great is that Gussie is definitely dropping weight again... which is sub-optimal. Going to bump his hay again and see what that gets us. Currently he's getting 5 flakes of Orchard over three feedings with rice bran and alfalfa pellets (and platinum) with his breakfast and lunch. I'm going to throw him a flake of alfalfa with all three meals and see if that helps at all.
Excited to try and get a coulpe rides in per week. Especially if Gus stays as sound as he is right now! Lord knows we could both use the exercise...