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post #11 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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:) thanks guys, I was feeling a bit sorry fer myself last night. Hard enough to give up my boy, though I do know this new home is perfect for him-what lazy gelding wouldn't like to have his very own kid to spoil him? I will miss the other gelding too, he is a clown. I had intended to keep him for myself and buy the spouse a packer but again it really wasn't in his best interest. The horse didn't like to go trail riding but loves arena work and trail riding is our focus.

My knees have been bad since I was a teen, this surgery will be #14 and they always predicted I'd be in a wheelchair before age 40. Well, that was a lot of years ago before they could do the full replacements. But I have known a long time this is what would end up happening.

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post #12 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 09:24 AM
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I have a friend who had a knee replacement done a few years back. Everything that could go wrong did. She needed another surgery to fix the initial one. PT took forever and she needed a cane for a solid year afterward. Why am I telling you this? Becuase she's now back to riding 5-6 days a week.

Just take your time and let your body tell you when its ready. Wish you the best!

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post #13 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 11:10 AM
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Glad to some realism on the knee replacement! Having issues as a teenager in one accident is very different from years of chronic issues, followed up with a complete replacement. Everything from the initial catalyst, age of the person at the time of the incident (or is it genetics?) to life-long climate, patient health and size, to life activity level, to individual coping with pain can all drastically affect how something like this goes.

In general, I find horse people tougher than the average bear. Those who deal with long-term joint degradation seem to be particularly good at handling this surgery. Many confuse "knee replacement" as one type of procedure. Less common is the complete bionic swap-out. No for the lilly-livered, that's for sure!

Glad you're able to dwell on the silver lining, OP. This time next year, you'll be happily plunking alongside your hubby, on your respective steeds, this hill long-conquered and a mean old memory, barely worth the energy to recall it!

Good luck!
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I know it's a different surgery, but my trainer recently had her hip replaced. She was having such a hard time for so many years, but she kept putting it off. She was afraid of all the horror stories she had heard. Now, she's mad at herself for waiting. She feels so much better all the time.
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post #15 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys...I appreciate it :)

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post #16 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 08:41 PM
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Like everyone else said, things happen for a reason.

Also, in regards to the long-term prognosis. Like Saddlebag said, listen to the Dr but don't bank on what they say you'll "never be able to do again".

My Dad was in a very bad horse accident in the early 80's (spiral break of the left femur, 8 inch metal plate and like 14 screws). Doctor said he'd never ride again and if he did, he wouldn't want to because it would be excruciating pain. Well, that's been 30 years ago and Dad has been riding all those years. There was some pain at first, but that faded quickly.

So, don't trust the word "never" as it's very seldom correct.
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post #17 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Well, my main thing is that I hope to be able to ride again :)
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I have a friend who had a knee replaced, just got back to riding and had a car accident and had to get it replaced again. She was riding 4 to 5 months later. Hard riding. Other riders I know have had knee replacements and get back at it.

Also knew a guy that lost a leg just above the knee. He went back to work as a full-time ranch hand, too. Know a ranch owner who is super active in the riding end of it that lost a leg.

Can't imagine why you won't go back to riding.

I do understand how difficult it is to part with a real good horse. When pregnant with my first we we're moving for work very far away. Buck was a Connemara that I'd used for hunt classes and ponying. A real favorite. But, there was no way to take him with us. Ended up trading him for a bumper pull camp trailer. We had a terrible late spring blizzard and that camp trailer may have saved our, and our unborn daughter's, lives because we could survive in it when all else was gone.

Blessing in disguise? Yep. Buck took care of me even after he was gone. And his new family enjoyed him so much. He raised three more riders!
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post #19 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I'm just being (prolly overly) prepared for the worst >.<

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I guess I'm just being (prolly overly) prepared for the worst >.<
Nothing wrong with that. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and accept whatever happens is a good rule to live by.
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