My history, started having hip issues ~10 years ago. Finally diagnosed with FAI in both hips, 2 torn labrum, bursitis and arthritis. I could ride, but only if I shortened my stirrups wayyyyy up. Obviously not the most secure feeling in the world, and my horse doesn’t like it if I’m out of balance in front of him (he’s got a very vertical balance, and I’m really only well suited to riding really horizontal horses right now.
Had double hip surgeries to fix the labrum and remove the excess bone. Started to come back but a year later the impingement is now back (cam) in the right hip. Right hip is extremely stuck in internal rotation. If I bend over my legs can go quite wide, but as I stand up, the only way I can keep any width is if my right foot turns in almost to point to the left.
Left hip is “whatever” right now but periodically pinches if I twist wrong. This is going away as I get stronger.
Probably facing replacements, but I’m scared. My uncle got MRSA really badly in his replacement and ended up completely disabled. Obviously with replacements falling is not a good idea and I’ve always had horses that a fall could happen on. It’s what I can afford, the green and the weird.
Overall, I’m just depressed. I’m working so hard to fix my body. Fitness, yoga, etc. and I’m still just broken. I’m afraid they’ll tell me to stop riding. I’m afraid that might be the answer.
Just experiencing the feels today.