Well, progress of a sort. First, while I hold out no great hope that my horse will come sound, the lump on/of his injured suspensory is waay down. (this after three years). After the visit to Davis, he had yet another shockwave treatment, but I also started giving him a supplement called "Total Tendon (and ligament) repair. I spoke to the manufacturer - a company apparently started by veterinarians - and while they didn't say it would fix him, they said it should diminish the lump and give him more flexibility, and it seems to have done so. I still can only ride him at the walk, but between the shockwave and this supplement, I'm hoping he at least feels better.
On another front. So. I signed up for hunt seat lessons, hoping to get back into jumping since the logistics of the limited dressage school horses available has discouraged me. Long distances to travel and very expensive. I had my first hunt seat lesson yesterday, and it was an intro thing (how well does she ride, etc) so no jumping yet. HOWEVER. It was a solid 45 minute lesson, on a honkin' big warmblood who was on the lazy side and required a lot of pushing. It ended up being basically a dressage lesson in a forward seat saddle. I pushed him to move out, and the instructor said, "Oh, oh. He's just realized this rider is going to make him WORK."
We did leg yields, lots of circles, lots of transitions, and I believe the instructor is satisfied that I won't kill myself trying to jump a few low fences. But, OMG. I've been riding my guy (who is tall, but base narrow) only at a walk for quite a while, with the occasional use of a friend's horse who can trot, but not canter. Sunday, I went home, had lunch, showered, and sat to watch the baseball playoffs. When I got up to get a drink, I moved like I was 93, not 73.
I already knew, as do all serious riders, that the horse does NOT do all the work, but I really have the truth of it now - that I'm soooooo out of shape and I worked HARD during that lesson. I'm going to walk for 30 minutes at lunch today and hope that my muscles loosen up!!!