One thing that I'm kinda surprised didn't get mentioned yet,..
By all means, make sure you take a couple of lessons!!! This is in no way any kind of slam against your husband, his willingness or ability to teach, his patience, or anything like that. But lessons from a good instructor will make things s-o-o-o much easier (...on your body & relationship!
in the beginning!!!
Let us know how the used boot experiment goes!!