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    06-29-2013, 10:52 AM
  #111
Trained
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Originally Posted by Country Woman    
Good evening
As I get older my knees are really bothering me lately
I got the news from my doctor that I can't ride anymore
WHY can't you ride anymore?

I totally get the bum knees, I have a pair of them, I will be heading for replacements at some time, but I'm going to wear these suckers out first. Doctors can advise, but you don't always have to take the advice Some doctors are very anti riding, so maybe you want to get a second opinion. Different horses and different saddles, different riding styles all these things can be explored before you actually have to quit.
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    06-29-2013, 02:03 PM
  #112
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I rode for 7 years with a torn ACL, finally sucked it up and got the surgery. What is wrong with your knees exactly CW?
     
    06-29-2013, 02:13 PM
  #113
Trained
Sorry, monopolizing this thread here for a moment....GH, I totally get where you are coming from. All my horses that I have owned for my own personal pleasure & show are ones I have trained myself, I was the first to mount them, etc, etc. My horse right now is 13 yrs old, after I had been riding him for 4 months when he was 3 I sent him to a trainer as the weather was so hot & my hubby just bought a new motorcycle & wanted to go on runs with me, his gift to me was a month of training with whomever I chose (within reason, lol). What a glorious thing! I got to enjoy the summer & my horse got to work & I got him back all ready for the final show of the season. Now as I get older and retirement will be in a decade (or less I hope!), I am thinking, do I really want to train another horse and risk it? Nope, I will be older & fragile, I will buy myself an already trained show horse, an Arab, shorter too, hehe. Oh, and I sure will be retiring to a warmer climate, Arizona & mecca of Arab showing!
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    06-29-2013, 03:11 PM
  #114
Green Broke
Waresbear-AZ is warm, but the seasons are here. Pick your area carefully~I researched climate as thoroughly as I could, & we still have had to fight frozen water pipes, & sweltering summers. Snow was never very deep here & doesn't stay for long, but the heat is stifling. Make sure you have the $$ to run A/C. One monsoon summer storm, my Arab gelding was shivering quite a bit-it wasn't for long & yes, my pens have shelters-they need protection from the sun-he did get a sunburn on his nose once also. But the people here are so very nice & friendly. At least in my area.
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    06-29-2013, 03:27 PM
  #115
Trained
They just hurt alot when I walk and its the mounting and dis mounting
I also have a balance issue and aweight problem too
My knee does not bend well any more
But when I lose weight Iwill try again
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    06-29-2013, 03:28 PM
  #116
Trained
LOL, Wares, the lady I bought Emmy from only sold her and Wills because when she is on Sask here, April/May through to October/November, she is either busy on the farm or fighting our rotten weather. She now owns reining Arabs in Arizona, and competes through the winter down there, I am might jealous.

Took Emmy for her months training yesterday, and was amazed how all the QH Paint lovers were taken by her, it will be interesting to see how they feel at the end of the month.

I'll post this elsewhere, but interested to get your views here...

While I was dropping off Emmy I rode Hollywood, the reining mare again,
I do love that mare, and in the afterglow of riding her, and the fact that they would work out a payment scheme that works well, and that I wouldn't be able to finally say yes to buying her until I had ridden her in all the situations that I would want to put her in. Oh and I would get to board her for free and take lessons on her until I got the user manual down pat, it sounds so tempting.

In the cold light of day, I simply do not need a trained reiner, I don't think...AGHHHH and she is WAYYY much money just for a trail mount.

My trainer has been offered a guy that sounds a good possible, going to see him tomorrow, half the price, ranch gelding, and would come trainer approved, that maybe a sensible option
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    06-29-2013, 03:29 PM
  #117
Trained
And hubby is afraid if I fall Iwill have a nasty fall
     
    06-29-2013, 05:38 PM
  #118
Trained
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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
Waresbear-AZ is warm, but the seasons are here. Pick your area carefully~I researched climate as thoroughly as I could, & we still have had to fight frozen water pipes, & sweltering summers. Snow was never very deep here & doesn't stay for long, but the heat is stifling. Make sure you have the $$ to run A/C. One monsoon summer storm, my Arab gelding was shivering quite a bit-it wasn't for long & yes, my pens have shelters-they need protection from the sun-he did get a sunburn on his nose once also. But the people here are so very nice & friendly. At least in my area.
The in-laws winter in Yuma, no snow they said. $$ for A/C, I am from BC Canada, costs for A/C is peanuts compared to heat here!
     
    06-29-2013, 06:07 PM
  #119
Started
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Originally Posted by Country Woman    
and hubby is afraid if I fall Iwill have a nasty fall
All falls unless it is a planned dismount can hurt.

CW I'm beginning to get pain in my hips and if the horse shies to the left as Stella can do on ocassion and the weight goes on my right hip it enough to bring a tear to the eye. I found by raising the stirrip half an inch it put a little more bend in my leg making the knee act as a shock obsorber instead of the hip. Not problem solved but improved. I also found as I rode more I could read the horse better and feel her begin to move and adjust my ballance accordingly and stay on. I am also losing some weight but that is to improve my heart and the load my hips have to take.

Do you think if weight is a problem then less will transmit to improved knees being they will have less pressure on them and that will put you in the saddle. I do three evening meals a week in a row of soup Saturday Sunday and monday. Very thin soup.

Roslyn screws her nose up at it but that O/K as I am the cook and if she wants somthing else cook it and do some for me while she is at it. Works every time she eats the soup.

So here is what I put in. Cabbage 2/3 of a half thin sliced, carrots 4 thin sliced, choped onions 1 or 2 choped celery 2 cup. Button mushrooms, heaps, beaf stock, Cheep beef fat removed and cubed fry in oil until brown. The special ingredient. Tomato past one pot or for that real zing the tomato and spice pizza base past we get it in a 140 gram pot its called Leggo's pizza sauce and don't forget 4 big cloves of garlic. Top up with water.

This makes a crock pot full so its 3 days worth and a flask for work. Set it to simmer slowly.

At this point it still needs some grunt so I add a packet 47g of powered beef stroganoff flavouring. Or some thing similur. Cracked pepper for heat and salt to tast That goes in after some cooking has taken place as the stock is high in salt. If it is a little insipid looking I use a little vegimite, marmite, tea spoon, to darken the liquid.

I don't mash it all up but serve it in a big noodle bowl, ladle in the chunky veg meat mix and a cup or so of the juice. Crunchie bread and butter, a bib to catch the drips well we are over 50 and things like that happen.

To night I will mash up roslyns portion but to me that resembles baby food and I am long gone from them.

So that's my contribution to your problem of the knees being a little sensitive and weight loss. My weight loss is slow but that's because tuesday wednesday thursday and friday I treat myself to roast lamb, pork, beef steak, and roast chicken, along with roast potato, green veg and gravy, and a rice or a steamed pudding. Not to mention the sugar coated donuts in the mornings when at work.

Roslyn has this song I at times hear her sing. It goes 220pound is a lot to carry round, one could even say he was fat. Rolly polly, rolly polly.

She frequently tells me I am fat and out of shape. Well I have news for her. Round is a shape
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    06-29-2013, 06:17 PM
  #120
Trained
I cannot mount without a mounting block due to muscle weakness. Dismounting is also hard due to the weakness, but gravity helps with that. My DH also worries that I will fall off and get killed. So you know what I did? I took out an accidental death insurance policy on myself. If I fall off and die, he gets lots of money. My friend told me that DH might put firecrackers under that horse now that he knows.........
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