Shortly after getting to the barn, K started begging me to ride with her. She even went as far as telling me she'd bring Dakota in, groom and saddle him. Then she dumped my wheelbarrow for me and continued the begging. I agreed as long as I could use her dressage saddle since my stirrups weren't back on my saddle yet and my dressage girth was at home.
So..... I finally got on. It was great to be back in the saddle! I had only been on three times since my knee injury this spring. Once when I tried riding about 12 weeks ago, once when I rode Glitch after K conned me into trying him out and the past Sunday I got on Dakota for a very short ride.
I gave Echo the evening off from lunging. I did put a saddle pad on her back and left it there the entire time I rode - she flat out didn't care, even when it fell to the ground she didn't flinch!