So long story short, a fat horse and a stirrup free two-point did my knees in. In early 2011, I was out at the barn and mid-lesson when we were asked to drop our stirrups and post the trot. The instructor was asking each student individually for a two-point trot without stirrups and when she got to me, there weren't any problems. At first. The first half-lap of the arena went really well, but on one of the corners I felt this weird ripping feeling in my knees and then intense pain. I ended up breaking the trot and sobbing my eyes out because it hurt that much. My instructor pulled me off the horse, let me limp/sit in the grooming area and recover a little before she helped me and my mother get our stuff to the car. After a hot bath and some icing of the knees, things got a little better. I continued walking fine, and I could jog some, but the event when I was riding kept me out of the saddle for the better part of three months. During that time I was taken to the doctor, he proceeded to feel my knees up and told me that I had torn 7 ligaments in each knee. He gave me some exercises, which I kept up with for a long time, and told me that if I rode it was to be light work and no two-points. So we followed his orders. The exercises didn't help pull my knee-caps back to where they belonged, and after a short while I ended up quitting riding all together. I still haven't ridden to this day.
Does anyone know how to recover from the torn ligaments? I've tried the resistance band exercises, swimming, and squats. None have helped and often make my knees feel worse.