I recently had ankle surgery, and while my surgeon and physical therapist have cleared me to ride, the caveat is only if I do six months no stirrups (Fine back in the day, but crawling back on a horse after being off for 8 months sans stirrups is quickly reminding me that I am no longer a junior!)
While I have fabulous physicians, one thing I am coming across again and again is the age-old issue that if you have never really ridden, it is very hard to comprehend what muscles are used and how. I can explain a lot, but I feel like a lot of the small details get lost in translation to a non-riding medical professional - particularly fine muscle movements that we use on a horse that are not easily visible to a spectator. Has anyone ever come across a medical-type explanation of riding that you could share? Most of the resources I am finding just essentially say we activate all the muscle groups – duh!!