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Getting back in the saddle after a THR
« on: September 19, 2016, 08:19:49 PM »
I thought I would chronicle my steps into getting back into the saddle after having a THR.  I couldn't find many sources on this & am hoping this would help out others in the same situation & awaiting getting a THR.


Tomorrow marks the 3rd month post left THR anterior approach.  If you go to my thread "June 20th", you can read what physio I have done up to this point.  Today I added an adductor exercise: squeezing a thick folded pillow between my thighs/knees while lying on my back.  I squeeze & hold for 5 secs up to 10X.  I added it into my physio routine which is done 3X per day.


I've been walking off the cane more often than on & am still taking 2 extra strength Advil + 1 Tylenol #3 when needed to take the edge off the hip pain, which is once a day or every second day now.  And also, apply a frozen gel pack on the hip to help soothe the hip.


I've waited a long time to get back in the saddle (I'm at an intermediate level) & at the advice of my physiotherapist, I will take my time, pace my myself & get my hip strong.  No need to rush & risk compromising the new joint.  :D


In the meantime, while I'm getting myself ready, it's a good time to get the girls back into the swing of things by going over ground work.  Going back to basics is never wasted. ;)

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Re: Getting back in the saddle after a THR
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2017, 03:46:59 PM »
Edit: I deleted the wrong post... so here it is re-copied & pasted.

[/size]Starting week 2: Last night, I sat for 30 seconds, on an all purpose English saddle that was put on a small barrel.  This way I won't be over stretching the hips & both feet will be flat on the floor for stability while keeping the proper bend throughout the joints (hips, knees & ankles).[/color][/size]This morning I lengthened the time to 2 minutes.  As the week goes on, I will sit several times in the saddle for a few minutes at a time.There is stiffness & some pain in the hip, which is the same I get when I do my adductor exercises.  So in time, the hip will relax.[/color]

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Re: Getting back in the saddle after a THR
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2017, 03:48:08 PM »
I am now just past the 8th month post op & I finally crawled back up on a horse.  I decided to start small, on my 14.2hh pony (who is just as wide as my 17hh Shire BTW [/size] ).I climbed up on the big tack trunk & slowly brought the leg over, using her rump as support, as I pivoted on the THR (left hip).  It was a bit stiff but it didn't hurt.  I decided to sit on her bareback so as to let her warmth & thick coat warm my muscles to help me relax.  I got back off after a couple of minutes, just as slowly as I got on, grabbed the camera (for the obligatory ear shot of course), slinked myself back up & sat for 5 min.  Heidi stood like a rock the whole time, keeping one ear on me & one ear on her buddy that was sniffing me.[/color]

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Re: Getting back in the saddle after a THR
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 05:08:35 PM »
Past 3 days have been spent climbing atop the tack trunk, then onto the horse bareback to do 10 minutes worth of stretching & warm up at a stand still.


Other than the stiffness & lack of balance, so far so good, no pain & I have more strength in my hip than I've had in the past 10 years which very encouraging!  :)

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Re: Getting back in the saddle after a THR
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2017, 05:36:30 AM »
Five days ago I decided to have a go at sitting on my pony outside & if it went well, walk around bareback.


I rode, at a walk, for a whole 5 minutes!  Woooooo! :o 8)


We were super busy at our shop for the past 5 days, & as well doctor appointments for my husband & I with specialists, so didn't get a chance to sit or ride more.  Hopefully today I can sneak a ride in.


Yesterday though, I thought I would try sitting in an all purpose English saddle.  Tacked up my pony, climbed up on the trunk & for the life of me, I could not lift my leg high enough to go over the cantle.  :(   Well that was a bummer!  Not too sure as to what to do but I'll figure something out.

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