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post #21 of 23 Old 11-05-2008, 02:18 AM
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Look at it like this. You are PO'd now...what if by some freak thing you get on and tear it again.....and have to go through the surgery again.....and have to go through the waiting ALL OVER AGAIN. How far off schedule are you going to be then? And how PO'd will you be then? Maybe waiting three weeks is not so bad compared to the alternative.

Anyway, anything you do from the saddle, you should be able to do from the ground. Maybe you could fill your time thinking of ways of communicating some of those things to her...then when you can get back on, she will already have some ground covered.

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post #22 of 23 Old 11-05-2008, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by RusticWildFire View Post
Yeah, thats because getting on you twist your knee and that is dangerous. Also, the horse could take off as you are trying to get on and there goes your ACL again..
I just had wrist reconstruction and was told I have to take 6 months off everything! No allowed to fit anything at all or use that hand and wrist for anything, or I will destroy the work done. So the 6 months off to me sounds correct.
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post #23 of 23 Old 11-06-2008, 03:05 AM
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I have a bad knee, I know how it is...
HOWEVER, IF you are hell-bent on going for it, here's what I advise (although obviously I'd first advise listening to the Doc, I'd hate you to ride now and ruin it for later...) Sooo, with the disclaimer done now, here's what I have done to "survive"

Wear your brace...I have mine on most of the time, and I have safety stirrups as a back-up.
Stay within confined areas...Indoor/outdoor ring, try to hedge your bet so as to minimize any extra show, trail, etc problems..this too will be temporary..
Avoid posting your trot...I don't feel real comfortable that will be good on the joints until you are cleared medically. Just to keep things simple, walking is better that nothing..
Don't ride alone..I mean to say, don't be by yourself in the ring..If Lord forbid you do have any issues, you do not want to be without any assistance. This is also the time to have help mounting and easing your dismount as well...
Limit the time and maneuvers you are doing your groundwork...Jumping is also out of the question now, temporarily too...
Have a trusted friend help out with some of the other training/ exercise Issues for your Horse..This way, you get some saddle time, and the "heavier" stuff can be done for you..for a while...

Bottom line, if you are starting to feel overly tired, even any pain, get-off!!
Use your best common-sense, keep a close watch on how you feel moment to moment, stretch as medically cleared to do, no more, and be as careful as you possiblty can
Just don't push any further that you can, or you will be out of commission for a much longer time..Plan it out carefully before you go..consider everything possible ahead of your ride time..
God Bless, and best of luck and heath to you.
(I am not recommending foremost going against medical advice, I never want anyone injured anytime..)
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