Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Knee issues = balance issues... need some help!
So, I'd noticed this a few rides ago, but didn't think much of it as I was still healing up from mine and Dakota's fall last month...
I'm having some balance issues, and these issues are being caused by my knee.
When me and Dakota fell, he landed all his weight on my right knee on the pavement. I was on crutches to help me walk for a little over a week and limped up until about a week and a half ago.
I'm all healed, as far as injuries ad all goes. My knee is still a little swollen looking, but everything is healed and the bruising is even gone. The doctors said it was fine.
However, I'm having issues. My knee doesn't bother me running, jumping, etc... but when riding, it hurts like crazy.
It's just a major pain around/under my kneecap. When riding, I have to take my foot out of the stirrup and rest it about ten minutes every twenty or thirty minutes. Walking kills my knee, but trotting and cantering doesn't hurt at all.
M main issue, though, is my balance and how I give my horse leg cues now. When riding, I literally can barely move my right leg because it hurts so badly. I can't nudge my horses with my riht heel because it's excrutiating pain when I move my leg back to nudge my horses. My knee will also not hold my weight very well when it comes to balancing if my horse stops suddenly, like from a trot to a halt all of a sudden... though I can'teven keep my balance when my horses go from a walk to a halt very well at the moment because my knee literally won't take my weight without giving out.
My poor Dakota has had to learn all my leg cues from the left leg alone! Lol...
Is there any way you guys know to help get my knee to working properly again? Or do you guys have any tips or things I can do to strengthen the muscles or whatever?
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