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post #2351 of 2390 Old 07-19-2019, 07:28 PM
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I, too , enjoy AnitaAnne's humor and great posts. I am hopeful she will come back. May I just say, when over 40, 50, 60+ age people, well, . . we learn that there are two (or more) sides to every story.
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post #2352 of 2390 Old 07-21-2019, 07:08 PM
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I have decided to limit my rides to the shady three mile trail until things cool off. It is so hot and humid here that it is not fair to the horses to do much. It was too hot to do much today but walk along. I have gotten my girl so that she is doing much nicer canter transitions!

So I tried a new bit that I bought ages ago. It is supposed to be extremely mild and stop head shaking and annoying bit issues. It is a snaffle, but the metal has a very thick coating of plastic. It is also apple flavored. I thought I'd try it on my horse and see if she liked it.

She liked it all right. She did her very best to eat it. She thought that it had an apple in it, and all she could think about was apples. I took it off and put my regular snaffle back on. I didn't even get 10 minutes out of that investment.

It was on 84 degrees this morning, but the humidity was 75%. The air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. (Well, it seemed like you should be able to.)

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post #2353 of 2390 Old 07-24-2019, 08:02 PM
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So I tried a new bit that I bought ages ago. It is supposed to be extremely mild and stop head shaking and annoying bit issues. It is a snaffle, but the metal has a very thick coating of plastic. It is also apple flavored. I thought I'd try it on my horse and see if she liked it.

She liked it all right. She did her very best to eat it. She thought that it had an apple in it, and all she could think about was apples. I took it off and put my regular snaffle back on. I didn't even get 10 minutes out of that investment.

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Maybe the apple flavor wears off after a while. I have seen rubber coated snaffle bits but none with a coating of plastic. I would be worried that some how some way a horse would chew off a piece of the plastic swallow it and it lacerates throat, stomach, or intestines. I would think a rubber piece would just pass through.
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post #2354 of 2390 Old 07-25-2019, 09:28 AM
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Had a Dr visit yesterday. A month ago I went to my family Dr to finally see what he could do for all of the hip/back pain I have been having for the last 18 months. X-rays showed moderate to severe arthritis in both hips. A round of steroids made me feel new again but after the pills were done back to the pain and stiffness. Went to an orthopedic Dr yesterday to see what next steps are - Dr said "if you were 62 we would be in surgery next week" but I just turned 49 2 weeks ago so surgery is out of the question ( hip replacements) I have bone spurs growing off of the points of my pelvis on both sides. Probably caused by Osteo Arthritis - these bone spurs inhibit my range of motion and are causing pain and inflammation in my hips and lower back. We discussed injections but I had no luck with them when done in my knee so he felt the same would happen for my hips.

Final decision is arthritis medication daily - most likely for the rest of my life. My hips will get worse as the bone spurs grow and capture the ball of my femur - but activity helps. He said orthopedic surgery is making leaps and bounds every year so he hopes I can hold off for a few years to see what options open up in the future. Unfortunately hip replacements can only be done once or twice in a lifetime and if I have one now I will not make it to my golden years with functioning hips!

I took my first pill last night and feel better already - so fingers crossed I can stave off surgery for a few years.

It sucks getting old!
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post #2355 of 2390 Old 07-25-2019, 11:25 AM
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@carshon , sorry to hear about the arthritis, but I think that most of us at this age (I will also be 49 soon) have either started with arthritis/osteoarthritis or we're well on our way.

You'll probably think I'm a hippy-chic, but I am scared to death of surgery, so I have been doing everything else under the sun to avoid surgeryÖ at least for now. To reduce the inflammation, I started to weed out all sources of inflammation from my diet, including sugar, sweeteners, salt and flour. Sometimes I can't avoid them completely, and sometimes I'll have a craving and treat myself, but making smarter choices helps a lot. And, as everyone knows, keeping your weight in check is a must for joint degeneration.

I also love Pilates because it works on muscle strength as well as joint flexibility. Win-win. Other good choices are yoga, Tai-Chi and swimming.

Finally, my husband and I take supplements. In addition to multi-vitamins with extra calcium, I also take collagen supplements, as well as magnesium, iron and Vitamin D, which were all deficiencies identified by my GP. But I swear by the collagen.

Of course, your condition might also be affected by the amount of riding you are doing. My trainer (50) rides 4-6 horses a day, and he has had to have hip injections twice this year. But, with that amount of riding, your body never has time to rest and recover between rides, so the inflammation becomes more chronic. Perhaps that is your case.

Either way, I wish you luck, but at 49 I refuse to think that I am 'getting old'!
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post #2356 of 2390 Old 07-25-2019, 11:54 AM
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@spanishrider - thanks for the info. When the pain first started I was determined to lose weight (which I needed to do anyway) and have lost 50lbs in the last 18 months. Dr said another 30 would put me at ideal weight - so that is my goal. I did this doing low carb. and still try to stay away from processed foods and too much sugar. That being said I really struggle with the artificial sweeteners (stomach cramps) and baking is a passion of mine. I knew I had osteo arthritis in my knee (4 knee surgeries) and that osteo arthritis tendancies are considered to be genetic. My hips were way worse than I had anticipated and worse than the Dr usually sees for someone my age - even being over weight. I am a weekend rider for the most part but did ride more as a youngster and I also played softball throughout HS. I don't take extra vitamins or calcium as my family has a history of calcium related kidney stones. Collagen may help some but reviews are still out on how helpful it is. Once your cartilage is gone it never comes back.


I may ask my GP to test for any vitamin or mineral deficiencies - I tried taking magnesium for muscle pain and it was not help and I did take glucosamine for 6 months with no noticeable difference.
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post #2357 of 2390 Old 07-25-2019, 12:57 PM
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@carshon , there is no quick fix, but you have already done so well! Congratulations! I work in medicine, so I know that there is no firm evidence to defend collagen alone. However, as part of a global treatment, it has worked for me. It's all about detoxing and finding that balance. Actually, I started with the collagen when I broke my back and my DH started with hip problems (he is very skinny, so I think his problem is more a lack of muscle mass), and less arthritic pain was just an added bonus.

I hear you about the baking! My kids have always had low weights for their heights (especially the eldest, the brainiac), so baking was a way for me to give them nutrient-rich breakfasts & after-school snacks. Of course, I don't need all that! So, now I try to bake only as a treat on the weekend or I make them something that they love that I can walk away from. It is not always easy, though. Right now, we're at my mum's house, and in the kitchen there are brownies, blueberry muffins & cookies galore, and tonight lasagne! OMG, and as I'm writing, my 7yo niece has just walked in the door with cupcakes and stawberry shortcake she made in her baking class today. I am in so much trouble!!!
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post #2358 of 2390 Old 07-26-2019, 10:27 AM
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@Celeste : I am glad you are getting saddle time! Maybe PP will have to refer to 'pretty princess' now..

@QueenofFrance08 : I am glad you finally got your 50 mile story posted. I had no doubt you could do it! Next it's Stitch's turn..

@carshon : sorry to hear the doctor couldn't offer you some better choices. I hope you are able to find medication that helps.


I was finally able to get some saddle time this week! The whole story is in my journal.

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post #2359 of 2390 Old 07-27-2019, 02:28 AM
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Had a Dr visit yesterday. A month ago I went to my family Dr to finally see what he could do for all of the hip/back pain I have been having for the last 18 months. X-rays showed moderate to severe arthritis in both hips. A round of steroids made me feel new again but after the pills were done back to the pain and stiffness. Went to an orthopedic Dr yesterday to see what next steps are - Dr said "if you were 62 we would be in surgery next week" but I just turned 49 2 weeks ago so surgery is out of the question ( hip replacements) I have bone spurs growing off of the points of my pelvis on both sides. Probably caused by Osteo Arthritis - these bone spurs inhibit my range of motion and are causing pain and inflammation in my hips and lower back. We discussed injections but I had no luck with them when done in my knee so he felt the same would happen for my hips.

Final decision is arthritis medication daily - most likely for the rest of my life. My hips will get worse as the bone spurs grow and capture the ball of my femur - but activity helps. He said orthopedic surgery is making leaps and bounds every year so he hopes I can hold off for a few years to see what options open up in the future. Unfortunately hip replacements can only be done once or twice in a lifetime and if I have one now I will not make it to my golden years with functioning hips!

I took my first pill last night and feel better already - so fingers crossed I can stave off surgery for a few years.

It sucks getting old!
I'm sorry you are facing these medical issues, @carshon . You may feel a little better if you read up on some of the advanced arthritis and body damage some professional sports people have by their 30s, some even by their 20s. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, for instance - both barely 30 and have had major surgeries. The only reason they are still playing tennis is that they can afford the repeat surgery with top professionals... and Andy Murray isn't entirely sure he's going to come back to singles tennis, may just do doubles... he for one thinks the pain and immobility he went through before his last hip surgery perhaps isn't worth risking again for the sake of competitive sports...

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post #2360 of 2390 Old 07-29-2019, 10:29 AM
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@SueC thanks for the info. I have to be very honest and say that this past year has been a tough one. I lost weight, saw a chiropractor 2-3 times here week (and spent a lot of money) started some yoga moves and stretch multiple times per day. I sit at a desk for 8-10 hours per day and blamed the stiffness and pain on that. I finally had enough and saw my Dr. The pain never goes away - sleeping is almost the worst because no position is comfortable for long. The orthopedic surgeon said when it gets to be too much we will do surgery no matter what my age - but that I should know that bones can only handle so much surgery. I have been on the arthritis meds about a week and they do help on the day to day - but riding is still uncomfortable - I tend to loosen up after the first mile or 2 but anything over 2 to 2 1/2 hours becomes quite painful. The x-rays were very telling and the bone spur on my right Acetabulum is growing around the head of my femur - this is causing range of motion issues and some nerve issues if I move wrong.

I am hoping medical technology steadily improves in the hip surgery world. Ideally arthroscopic could fix this and a Dr could go in and remove the bone spurs and shave off the callouses that are forming - but we are not that advanced yet and the hip does not respond as well as a knee or shoulder.

My goes it to make it to 60 then have both hips done.
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