Well I have had way to many surgeries and way to long out of the saddle! Lol
In the past 5 years I have had 9 various surgeries.
4 surgeries to my left arm due to a work injury.During the 3 years on comp I had a girlie surgery. I recovered and then was in a car accident (not my fault) I injured my neck and had 2 neck surgeries in 2008.
Urg. I left the docs office when released to go to the gym and a month later I came home from the gym and my knee swelled up.
I returned to the ortho docs! I knew the "S" word was coming!
I had always had issue with my knee's dislocting as a youngster. When in my early and late teens they wanted to do surgery and I said no!
I rode every day as a youngster and on into my teens and 20's then got out of horses until recently.
So the ortho diagnosed me with a torn medial retinaculum.
In March of this year (2009) I had surgery to repair the tear. It was a long road! I swear I was bed ridden for 6-8 weeks. It was difficult.
Oh- I will be 40 yrs old here this month.
But, the horses have never left my blood. They have been a part of my life and I never stop thinking of them.
The recovery is not a cake walk! The one thing I have to say is insurance companies do not allow patients to have enough Physical Therapy.
This was something I continued to do until I felt I no longer needed it. Even when I had to pay out of my own pocket!
Just do it until you feel our good to go!
That being said since you have ridden many years of your life, I think you will be fine. Just never give up even when it hurts.
I am finally riding again! In may I brought my horse Tiny to live here with me. He has joint issues and is pretty young. I didn't realize I had the drive to want to compete again until I watched others at my barn showing. When Tiny could not be that athletic I decided to get another horse!
I am now in the process of having my 4 1/2 year old TB mare trained. I am even considering jumping with her in the next few years....
One thing at a time.
Now that I know I can I am in the process of loosing the pounds gained over the last 5 years, and getting in to good shape. I hope to physically be in much better shape by spring when my mare is ready.
I had someone tell me the same darn thing about horse riding! "well the horse is the one working"
Let them try to ride a XC course or a Dressage test!
Please pm for support if you need it!
You will be fine!