I had stopped riding when I got pregnant in 2006, when I was pregnant I had some pretty bad problems with my hips, I would be walking and all of a sudden I would take a step and get an intense pain shooting down my leg, It was so bad it would be hours before I could put full weight on the leg(it alternated sides from what I remember). The doctors never really thought anything of it, nor did they really investigate it at all. The hip pain got better after I had my son but every once in a while I'll get that pain again(mostly left hip). There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it, sometimes I'll roll out of bed and I feel the pop before I can stop myself the pain comes, others I'll just be walking and it will happen, although the pain doesn't last as long. When I'm walking it will happen mid step before I can even put my foot on the ground, it's very strange. I wish I could go to the doctor for it but I don't have insurance.
I think this pain is interfering with my riding. It doesn't hurt while I'm riding but my hips are very stiff. A friend of mine who is a massage therapist commented once that when I walk I don't move my hips, I shift my whole body. When I am posting my instructor tells me I kind of stick my butt out, I can correct it but it is very very hard to stay that way. We have been cantering more lately and I notice the stiffness in my hips really effects me at the canter. Last week I rode a horse who's canter is so smooth you can barley tell it from when she is racking(she's s standardbred who sometimes racks instead of trots). So it wasn't really an issue last week, I wanted to ride her again today but she was being tough to catch so Val(BO) got Molly instead, I love Molly but her canter is heavy and I was having a lot of trouble not slamming my butt while cantering, I was trying to relax my hips and let them move with her but they wouldn't cooperate.
Does anyone have any exercises on or off the horses that I can work on stretching and loosening my hips? I don't know if my hips were stiff before I got pregnant, I rode western and was young so I didn't really pay attention. I do think it has been worse since my fall at the end of July, I landed hard on the left side of my butt. Thanks for any help and suggestions! I'm too young for all these problems! I'm only 25!