The thought I might never ride a horse again had crossed my mind from time to time this last year. I am pretty sure my own horses don’t really mind that-but it has been hard for me to concede to that fact that my riding days are over. So I’m not really going there yet. But right now I am not supposed to ride a horse. Not only my horse – any horse – no can ride. This has to do with the fact I have had two major nerve surgeries on my arm and chest wall and a fall off a horse would definitely not be good for me.
Had I known my riding days were limited I would have ridden more when I had the chance. There really isn’t any sense in those regrets but that is how I feel much of the time.
I am a very active person or I was. Since laying in bed with chronic pain for many months I am basically starting all over trying to get myself back into shape. It’s not easy when you have physical limitations and chronic pain.
I have a whole list of can’t do’s:
- Can’t ride a horse.
- Can’t lift weights with upper body.
- Can’t bear weight on my right side using arm.
- Can’t paddle anything. Like a kayak or stand-up paddle board.
- And you get my drift.
So I’ve been trying to figure out what I can physically do because focusing on what I can’t do is just depressing and not productive. And there are many more things I can do than can’t.
So far I can
- Ride a bike
- Ride in the front seat of car again.
- Drive a car
- I can lift weights with my lower body
- I can feed animals
- I can brush animals with my good arm.
- You get the picture.
The fact I want to ride a horse again is a good sign anyway. The fact that I can’t -for now – is just a hinderance.
With our traveling back and forth to our beach cottage I’ve been trying to figure out what I could do for activity on the water. Kevin and the kids got stand up paddleboards and they are so cool! I can sit on one while Kevin paddles and that’s fun. We got a two man inflatable kayak and that’s fun too – but I have been just a passenger bc I can’t paddle it. Passengering is ok. It’s fun sometimes – but I don’t want to be the passenger all the time.
I thought there must be a water device that has pedals. So I looked up kayaks with pedals and they exist! I found out fisherman use them as it makes it easier to maneuver while fishing.
So we found a kayak outfitter in Lewes ,DE about 40 minutes from our cottage. We worked with one of the salesmen and he gave us the lowdown on different types of pedal kayaks. We selected a Hobie kayak. The price was fairly high (I may have gasped) but I really wanted independence. I wanted an “I Can” that I could do with my family on the water and I wanted something that gave me independence like the bike did. The price was worth it.
The feeling of being on the water is amazing. I love the serenity and the exercise.
I love the freedom and independence.
I’m glad I found another “I can”
Link to the paddle sport shop Facebook page where they posted our picture.
Here’s some info about the Hobie Mirage kayak I got.