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post #1 of 23 Old 10-29-2008, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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I hate my life.

I'm so incredibly mad.
I hate my whole stupid freaking situation.

I tore my A.C.L on September 8th, playing soccer. I was out of riding for about 5 days...Mind you my horse is three years old and still in training...Well I rode consistently after that. October 9th, I got surgery on my knee to reconstruct my A.C.L. I haven't ridden since then, I've only been lunging her , a lot, with her head tied down, to reinforce her head set, and keep her slow, but that's besides the point...I went to the doctor today to get a new brace...and I asked if I was allowed to ride, and he said "Well I wouldn't recommend it because getting on you could slip or rotate it and then we would have to do the surgery all over again." So I blew up. And then my grams is like "We'll just wait three more weeks and see where we are then," since that's when my next appointment is...Sorry for ranting by the way, I'm bawling my eyes out and need to let it loose before I make myself more mad and start yelling at people...So I tell my doctor that I can climb on a mounting block to get on and that people would be there to help me get on, because we're all really careful with my knee, and he was like well it's your knee...And my grams being the bad word that she is was like "Well no, you can't so just wait." Me being the hard-ass that I am says "You're not the doctor...it's not up to you." She replies with the "Well the doctor said no." Then I smartly replied "No, he said he wouldn't recommend it. I'm not waiting three weeks to ride."

So I've come to the conclusion that I can't wait three weeks to ride and I'm going to ride sometime.

Ugh, I really hate this.

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post #2 of 23 Old 10-29-2008, 05:23 PM
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I guess im a lot like you in a sense. I had my galbladder removed last summer and I was riding a little over a week after, my horse was 4 and still pretty green. I was 21 then and living on my own so no one could dictate what I could or couldnt do. I wasnt suppose to lift over 20lbs (saddle weighs over 30). Nothing bad happened but I guess it could have, I just had some mild pain from the moving around.

Just be careful of you do decide to jump back on, I know where your grams is coming from. If you do end up hurting it again you are risking being able to be really active on that leg again...ask yourself "is it worth hurting myself, having to have another surgery, and possibly never playing sports again??" Three weeks is a long time to go without riding... but it may be the best. Whatever you decide just be careful

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post #3 of 23 Old 10-29-2008, 06:06 PM
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My daughter was out of riding for more than a month. She had a bad ankle sprain and then she got pneumonia. Being sick stinks!!

But...right now we have to leave for lessons. Be happy that you have an end in sight. Three weeks isn't that long. Our horse is also only three. Our trainer has been very helpful especially since my daughter's been so ill.

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post #4 of 23 Old 10-29-2008, 06:39 PM
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Heck I say go for it, lol but then im no doctor or granny. I knew this one trainer who broke her foot while jumping and the next very day she was back on the horse! She didnt post but still! She was actually fine she didnt hurt her foot anymore then it already was, she could have but thats the risk.

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post #5 of 23 Old 10-29-2008, 08:04 PM
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i know its tough but i would wait. One of my friends from school, who also plays soccer, tore her ACL (from soccer). The doctor told her that if she didn't sit out and stop moving, she would never be able to run before (and shes one of the most athletic people i know).
Just be careful if you do and make sure if someone is there with you - esp. w/ a green horse!!! Be safe and i know it sucks to hurt!!!
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-29-2008, 11:11 PM
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I tore my ACL twice. Well..I tore both ACLs..and I wasn't allowed to ride for 6 months. Which type of reconstruction did you get?

Trust me..it's worth it to wait and follow the doctors advice. The "new ACL" will die then re-grow therefore it is quite fragile. Thats why they want you to wait.

Be careful! You don't want to end up back at square 1!!

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post #7 of 23 Old 10-30-2008, 12:07 AM
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im with rustic. the last thing you wanna have to do is start all over and have to wind up being out of the saddle even longer. wait this out and you will have many many rides waiting for you.
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post #8 of 23 Old 10-30-2008, 10:20 AM
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i shattered my left ankle in 2000 i was told that i couldn't ride for 6 weeks(yikes)...i was like he!! no im gonna ride.so after one month of obeying the dr's orders i said i gonna do what makes me happy. i am a die hard rider. hell or high water wont keep me from riding....i know how your feeling all too well. if you do get on be extremely careful with that knee. a double surgery on a knee can have a bad long term affect.....be safe! i am sorry your going through this!!!!!(((((hugs)))))

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post #9 of 23 Old 10-30-2008, 10:36 AM
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Harlee........dang girl.......The whole situation sucks!!!!

Let an old(er) lady give you a bit of advice... I thrashed my ankle when I was about 14... I was to take good care of it, rest, crutches, blah blah blah.......I started back to sports and riding as soon as I felt better...It was a HUGE mistake! I'm now 33 with an ankle that will just simply "give out" {read...me falling on my face}. It has happened when I try to mount...I just all of a sudden have no control or strength in that ankle...Then wham...flat on my back I lay there...Or better yet the time I was moving out of my house and carrying a box of dishes down the steps of my deck and fell DOWN the stairs with a box of dishes....Yeah... that totally tanked!!!!

Take the time off to let your knee heal...Please....Blowing off the Doctor's recomendations now could cause you a helluva lot of heartache down the road.......Take care of yourself. That way you can be a superstar when you're 30 and not all broken down.

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #10 of 23 Old 10-30-2008, 10:55 AM
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Also I forgot to add the first time I had my ACL reconstructed I didn't have my younger horse so it wasn't a big deal but the second time was when I had just gotten Hunter. He was 3 as well. So, I didn't get to do much with him at all. I barley got to lunge him for the first few weeks as it was still winter...So, that really sucked but I just worked with him a lot after and he remembered everything pretty much immediately. Things will work out. You will be okay and I bet your horse will be fine too. Just please don't rush it. Take Dumas word for it!!

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