CAT scan confirms "total hip failure" (M.D.'s description). I hope third time's a charm as this shit is starting to get old right about now. I envy you guys whose hip replacements have gone smoothly. I don't even dare try throwing my leg over the saddle for fear of having my leg become disjointed. I guess a better call some riding buddies up to see if they'll come exercise the steeds. No point in letting the cobwebs build up on them. Thanks for the good wishes.