I recently fractured my knee and had to have surgery to repair it. The surgeon does not ride but said it's a good 50/50 chance I'll be able to ride in a year. But he won't know until I try if I can continue to ride. I ride western and english and want to continue dressage. My problem is when I asked the doc about riding english he said that would most likely be a no. I ride in an all purpose saddle because I hadn't had the opportunity to spring for a dressage saddle but the doctor said that because riding english would put the most stress on my knee (in terms of posting, cueing, etc.) that it would dislocate my knee and rip it up again with or without a knee brace.
So then I got to thinking (dangerous I know). Dressage saddles have knee blocks (better than my current saddle at any rate). The few dressage saddles I rode in had good knee blocks that kept my knee pretty imobilized (before it was hurt) and was fantastic! My thinking is is that combined with the knee block and a good quality knee brace I would be able to ride dressage. Especially if I could find a thick knee block and even better if I could find an adjustable one.
Please forgive any lacking terminology because I'm an idiot in those respects! :)
Does anyone have any good suggestions for dressage saddles? Keeping in mind the knee block and adjustability? Hey even an adjustable tree would be good (how do those work by the way?).
And anyone know any good company/brand/person that wants to sell one please send me their way!
Thank you for your time!!!