Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
Alrightey I'm sure most of you have heard my tale of woe already. To those who haven't:
Denny kicked me in the knee over a week ago. I went to see someone on Friday about it, and he couldn't determine anything for sure at this point because it's still so swollen. He suspects injuries to my medial collateral ligament, anterior cruciate ligament, medial meniscus and illiotibial band. All structures are intact (flexion tests said so), but could be damaged, we don't know the extent at this point.
Oh, and lovely - my bruise is calcifying in my IT band!
I have been up and hobbling around on it, but that has been painful. I caught it a couple times yesterday (leading me to believe that there might be meniscal damage) and it nearly sent me through the roof!!
When I asked him when I could ride again, he said to not even think about it for a "long while." Whatever that means. He said we'll talk more about it on Monday.
I'm sure there are others here that have had knee injuries - if you would be willing to share, how long was it before you were back in the saddle?
Would it be terrible for me to go hop on Denny bareback and just walk around?
If I am off for a while, my friend suggested I call up a girl we used to teach and ask her if she would want to ride him. This girl is a lovely little rider whom I absolutely adore. She hasn't ridden in a while though and I'm concerned that Denny would be too much for her. Besides that, I am very protective of my horses and it might kill me to see her do things on him that I would be unable to do soon. (I.e. I would like to be the first one to jump him)
I might be getting ahead of myself as we don't know how bad the damage is at the moment, but hey, why not discuss it?
Omg, you've done almost the EXACT same thing as me. I tore the medial meniscus in my left knee whilst playing netball. I was lucky not to snap my ACL and it doesn't need surgery (thank god). But I was on crutches for a week and a half (I even graduated uni in them!) and was forced to wear a MASSIVE knee brace for three weeks.
Just when I came out of the knee brace into a compression bandage, I decided to go horse riding again. *headdesk* What an idiot! We were just walking but she spooked at a roo and took off. Cause I didn't have the proper gripping power in my legs, I fell off and was almost back at square 1. *sigh*
In the meantime, I've been getting my instructor to exercise my lease horse in schooling lessons while I recover.
What I'm saying is....take it slow. The most important thing is to take the time to heal before trying anything, cause you might end up worse than you already are!
Don't stress the knee out too much and you'll heal MUCH faster and be able to go back to horse riding in no time!
Btw, 5-6 weeks depending on the extent of the injury is plenty of time to recover and begin exercising again.