Originally Posted by Country Woman
So I want to the doctors to get the results of my xrays and he said my left knee is inflamed and my right knee is weak
I have to ice my knee then put heat on it I have to take anti inflamitories
and I asked If I could ride horses still he said No because of the galloping and movement will put stress on it so sad I cried in the car and Marc said you will ride
Well Marc is right, once the inflamed knee has settled that leaves only the weak one to worry about. Make sure the horse you ride is a clam horse and knows the one rein stop so you can pull it up if the need arrises. If it does not, then teach it. Its the first thing I taught Bugs and before I started to riding him and they learn the position very very quickly.
CW I have a heart condition (it keeps pumping)
and one hip is a little worn and does not like it when the horse side steps in a hurry to one particular side. I have to nurse it for half an hour until it settles again while riding. Another thing in the last 4 years none of my horses have bolted further than 20 yards. I does not happen very often but its the one rein stop
that brings them under control every time. Its the best riding aid I have.
Another thing I have found, and the folks I ride have all have made the same comment when I complained of sore knees, get the stirrup length right, to long or to short, can cause the knees to hurt.
And here is another consideration I have less sore parts after riding Bugs than Stella and that is because Bugs is not as big and wide as Stella. Get a horse that's narrow
in the barrel, for me it puts less strain on the hip and knee joints. It was very noticable. After 3 hours on Stella it took days to come right but not with Bugs. No problems right from the start and Bugs takes a wide tree saddle broad back and shoulders but not round in shape.
Don't give up, another rider I know has two steel hip joints and still rides, and he is in his late 70s