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post #1 of 8 Old 06-09-2008, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Need some Advice

Almost a year ago I sprain my ankle pretty bad, so much so that it got HUGE and bruised. I was laid up for awhile because it hurt to put the littles pressure on it. Honestly I thought I broke it.

Today, it's still puffy, and quite a bit larger than the other, and I still don't have the range of movement that I used to have. I don't have a problem getting around on it, I can walk fine.

Where it poses the problem I've found is while I'm on the saddle. I had my first riding lesson last week, and toward the end of the lesson I was in agony because my ankle was all twisted, and in pain, not only that but my knee was starting to hurt also. Of course I was loving every minute of it because I was riding again!!!!

Anyone have any advice on how to loosen up your joints? I have short legs, and a larger body type, so I guess I have to ride larger horses? At any right, the way my foot was in the stirrup was killing me!

Thanks in advance guys.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-09-2008, 01:22 PM
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Do you ride english or western?

For my western saddle I bought the stirrup turner things. Works great to relieve pressure from your ankles and knees.

Not sure how they work for english riding...


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Originally Posted by kim_angel
Do you ride english or western?

For my western saddle I bought the stirrup turner things. Works great to relieve pressure from your ankles and knees.

Not sure how they work for english riding...
As I am just learning, I'll be riding western, and probably do the majority there on after in a western saddle. I've thought about doing some dressage, but that is a ways away.

Stirrup turners eh? I will have to look them up and see what they're all about, great advice! Thank You!

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-09-2008, 01:56 PM
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I think the stirrup turners are a good idea to try. For the long term, yoga is great for improving your flexibility.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-10-2008, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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I have done yoga in the past, and you're right it does seem to help limber me up a bit, I will have to start rolling around on the fit ball and see if that helps as well.

Also, I got some SOMBRA warming therapy natural pain relieving gel today, a friend recommended it to me, so when I go back to my next lesson, I plan on applying that just before to hopefully ease some of the pain.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-10-2008, 09:15 AM
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Tiger Balm is great stuff. I learned about it back when I used to do karate, pretty awesome stuff when it comes to dealing with swelling and bruising.

Talk to your instructor about your ankle. Maybe you can do some lessons without stirrups for awhile, take this opportunity work on your seat and balance.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-10-2008, 01:38 PM
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I would see a doctor. A sprain, even a BAD sprain, should not have this kind of affect. You have something else going on in there. I'd get it checked. If it was your horse, would you call the vet?
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-10-2008, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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I would see a doctor. A sprain, even a BAD sprain, should not have this kind of affect. You have something else going on in there. I'd get it checked. If it was your horse, would you call the vet?
Of course, if it were any of my animals I would call the vet. I most times put everyone's health before my own.

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