So I got a new horse, and the first ride at home I slid off (not even jumped off), landed funny, and tore my ACL/MCL/meniscus. I had repair surgery on Oct. 1 and am now in physical therapy. My surgeon said six months until I can ride again. (WHAAAAAT?) That said, he had me out of my brace on my first post-op visit (1 week post op); yes, the brace that cost $1600 out of pocket. The PT said I was strong and doing well. I wonder if that six month estimate was a worst case scenario and if it might be cut down.
This is actually the second time hurting my knee. Five years ago while dismounting the green horse I was riding spooked and I fell with my foot still in my stirrup, eventually coming down on the inside of my foot, tearing the same features. Unfortunately, I did not get the same care I did this time around. I was on Medicaid at the time, and I wonder if Medicaid discouraged my intensive care because I didn’t get an MRI or surgery, just a brace for months. (Should’ve saved that brace!)
Anyhow, I’ve been discouraged and haven’t gone out to the barn much. A friend is riding Bennie for me. I really could use a lessee though. I’m not sure where to advertise. My trainer doesn’t have anyone right now in barn to lease him. I’m in Tucson, AZ if you know of a good Facebook group or other way to help.
Another problem, is due to that fall five years ago and another fall a year ago and just plain aging, I’m much more timid a rider than I used to be. I didn’t used to be so timid at all. My main fear is spooking. I found a therapist that deals in trauma, but may need a specific horse/sports therapist at some point if she doesn’t work out.