The really sad and frustrating thing about this for me is that I'm stronger and more physically fit then I've been in over 15 years. However, the lower back likes to remind me just how fragile the human body can be.
Thursday and Friday of last week were spent doing absolutely nothing beyond what was necessary - which meant
Against his better judgement, I'm sure, he took me. I put a halter and lead rope on Rosie and used a jump standard to climb up on her. Jim then proceeded to lead me around until I went from leaning forward clutching mane to balance, to sitting up. Then he turned me loose to ride around by myself.
Here is a quick video. She's dirty, and I'm helmet less which is a huge no no so please ignore that.
You will notice she is walking so slow and careful. I wanted to trot, but she wouldn't, really couldn't because I was so tense in my legs, seat and back. Also my balance was horrible and she was extremely careful to stay under me.
Sunday was a better, but I still couldn't sit or stand for long. Monday was even better and my son and I met my instructor at the barn for some Halloween riding. She did a training ride on Rosie and got her cantering off leg and no more bucking. She also checked saddle fit and says it's good until she develops more muscle just above the shoulder where it's hollow. She said check it again in a month. My son rode Rosie at walk all over the arena and around the obstacles, then I got up and rode without stirrups walk, sitting trot and a bit of posting without stirrups.
I rode Rosie bareback again for about 15 minutes last night and things are good with the back. I'm muscle stiff so much so that movement and stretching helps tremendously.