@artscaping Nice, Chris, you had a horse. They are amazing and very good for the spirit.
@contentandwell He's a Tennesee Walker. Someone else called him a Spotted Saddle Horse which is an offshoot of Tennesee Walkers where they bred paint horses into them to get a gaited paint horse, so I'm not sure which would be exact, but he looks like a Spotted Saddle horse. The gait is nice. It's a running walk that is smooth that can take the place of a trot. He still can trot, but I try not to do that because I don't want to jar my spine. If he trots, I post so I don't bounce. I posted a photo of him in the Gratitude discussion last December when he was fuzzy with his winter coat. https://cdn.prod-carehubs.net/n1/748e8fe697af5de8/uploads/2018/12/Chester-for-Mayo-Connect.jpg
@gigiraj Thanks, and you're welcome. You might ask your neurologist about TOS. I'm sure they will listen and consider it if they are from Mayo. TOS gets missed and misdiagnosed a lot, so to get an accurate correct diagnosis, you need to go to a place that treats it. I have been working on my TOS for years with MFR therapy. I had to stop for a little but for spine surgery, but I am making good progress on the TOS.
@contentandwell That Appaloosa sounds beautiful. My husband doesn't ride either unless I talk him into it. I don't let that stop me. Sometimes I have friends to ride with, but most of the time, we go out without other riders. My horse is well trained and what they call "broke to death" meaning he is safe to ride and doesn't try to take control. Since he always wants to come home faster, I have made him stop and stand there facing the other direction, and I started rewarding with carrots for doing that. Training a horse to stop is a safety thing. He will look back at me while I'm riding just in case I might be getting a carrot out of the saddle bag. He didn't want to walk through a creek by himself either, and was backing away, but munching on a carrot by the creek distracted him and I asked him to go and he did. Now he gets the carrot after walking through the creek so I won't train him to stop at the creek. You are training a horse every time you work with him, so you always want that to be positive, and the horse obeys because he wants to please you. You develop a relationship. My horse always comes to greet me in the pasture and he'll follow me like a puppy dog without being tied on a lead. When you start learning how to interact with horses, you need a calm one.
@johnbishop I'm going to think of you now as "Wild John" out there bush-wacking through the rattlesnakes on your horse. When I was a kid, the development was intermixed with farms and there were ponies and horses at some of the neighbor's houses, so we made friends with those kids and rode around bareback through the fields. Those are good memories.
@gigiraj I've had these symptoms too, and my arm going entirely numb while I was sleeping on my side, and it was not the arm I was laying on. That was the first symptoms I noticed of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome which is a compression of the nerves and vessels that pass between the collar bone and rib cage as they go to the arm. When we sleep, often our arms are in a "raised" position which causes compression on an already tight area. It causes tinging, arm pain and feeling like I have tight rubber bands around my arms. My hands used to turn blue and cold. I am in physical therapy for this and have had the most success with myofascial release (MFR). Some of the tests for TOS involve listening to the pulse in the neck and raising the arm while turning the head, and the pulse stops. Mayo did doppler tests and also measured blood pressure changes in my fingers with tiny finger blood pressure cuffs. Posture is very important for TOS, and sleeping on your back can prevent arm pain because it helps keep the shoulders back. It gets to be like wearing a straight jacket when your neck and shoulders are tight. Neurologists can diagnose this. There is surgery for TOS, but it can cause scar tissue that makes a patient worse, and my doctor advised against it for me. Here is some information on TOS and our discussion with lots of information about MFR therapy.