Should I go riding with a bruised toe ligament - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 8 Old 07-12-2020, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Should I go riding with a bruised toe ligament

Hello! I am new here and I have been riding since age 5. The issue is that I bruised a toe ligament and with taping, it doesn’t fit in my paddock boots. Should I ride in my competition boots which are nicer, but a bit roomier or should I not risk further injury?
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-12-2020, 03:49 PM
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That is completely up to you. There is a balance between risk and benefit in all things.

Personally, I would find some sort of boot/shoes that would work and ride even if it was second hand or not even a riding boot and I only wore it on the injured foot. But, I don't care what others think as long as I'm riding.

I probably would not ride in my competition boots because I wouldn't want the wear on them.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-12-2020, 04:52 PM
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I would not ride at this.
You're injured, favoring that foot whether you think or not which is going to mess up your balance astride some.
Your foot may also swell some as you stress that toe and toe joint inside your competition boots...
What happens if you can't get your foot out? They cut your boots off and now you have nothing.


If you should happen to do more damage to that toe, get stepped on or stub it...what would be a few days may now be weeks and surgery to fix...
Nope, much as you love to ride the answer would be "grounded" if you were my kid.
Think your parents might have something to say about whether you risk yourself or not too...


Did you ask the doctor who taped your toes together?
What was the answer?

If you didn't ask you should before riding so you, your parents know the risk you face if a oops happens..
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-12-2020, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone! I did not ride but I did walk (on foot of course) and groom the mare I ride Elsa, in my comfy sneakers!
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-19-2020, 02:13 PM
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Doctor's will never clear you to ride. They want everyone to sit in a chair and rock.

Riding should be fun. If you are in pain, you are not having fun. It doesn't hurt to take a break.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-19-2020, 11:29 PM
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Pfft! Don't be a wimp! Get on your horse!

I had my wisdom teeth removed and was back on the horse (at a walk), despite being on pain meds. When I broke my foot and strained all sorts of ligaments, I did cut back on riding but I still rode. I'm still gimpy, but riding is acting as physical therapy - I don't have full range of motion back yet, so getting my heels down and stretching everything out is good for me. My physical therapy is all stretch exercises to get that flexibility back.

If you can ride safely, on a safe horse, and if you think the risk of injury is low or acceptable to you, then yes. I rode without stirrups on my left side for months, but it was on my safest horse. It really depends on the horse, the degree of injury, and your comfort levels.

I find being injured super depressing so I need to ride for my mental health. Even if I'm not weight bearing on one foot. Yes you can mount with only one good leg, if you use a truck bed, crutches, and are careful. It helps if you have someone hold the horse steady. Dismount and land on one leg. Totally possible.

You do need to schedule down time and rest days. Give it time to heal. Riding was always easier and more comfortable than walking with my injury. I'm still in comfy sneakers with orthotics. No boots for many months to come, I'm afraid.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-20-2020, 02:01 AM
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Oh goodness, i would have missed months off work if I didn't ride/work because of a bruised/broken toe.

I would suggest that you give up tapping - it is obviously more detrimental to your health than riding!
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Question would be if this rider is under age and under the care of adults or is an adult on their own capable of evaluating their situation. I'd be livid if someone had told my child to ride anyway with any injury. His instructor would have been as well. One thing to take chances when you are an adult another to be told by an adult that had no clue about you and you offer that excuse to your parents when something more serious happens. "But mommy the nice people on HF told me to ride and they know everything."

Best is to follow the directives of the Dr and your parents in that case.

As an adult I rode for a year in a full leg brace with a broken patella and femur. It was what needed to be. I rode pregnant as well pretty much to the end. But I was an adult fully understanding the risks I was taking. My child that was injured in a UTV accident didn't get on a horse until I, his instructor and the Dr and his PT staff were all in agreement. He rode sooner than they wanted and later than we felt he was ready. But, I don't have the worry of did I do harm by letting him decide or follow the advice of well meaning adults that had no clue.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.

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