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    Default artificial joints and eventing

    I love eventing and miss it terribly. I had to switch to dressage (which is a challenge in itself) when I couldn't shorten my stirrups enough to event. Now, however, I am wondering if I can return to eventing and do the low levels with an artificial hip and some pretty creaky joints.

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    Why not? If Bo Jackson could play MLB, you can ride. There is also no reason why you HAVE to have a short stirrup, especially at the lower levels.

    The key will be to talk to your orthopod. The angles they install the hips may not be perfect for riding (depending on discipline). A buddy of mine had his hips opened 5 degrees for his jump saddle. He discussed this before his surgery.

    I will ask around with my colleagues (I am in an orthopaedics department). The question will not be out of place given I am interested in the answer as well.



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    I hunt with men and women who have one or more joint replacements and they do fine.
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    That will be great! My orthopods weren't concerned about my riding. It was the agreement for my hip replacement.They didn't think it was an issue.

    I am a bit nervous though if I take up eventing again. I ride a stallion in dressage but I don't worry about falling. However, even though my event horse is solid, you know what happens...

    Nobody can predict the future I just wonder if I am being foolish...

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    I have a close friend who had a double hip replacement about a year ago and he just recently got back into riding. Jumped in like a bang and started riding multiple horses. Haven't heard any complaints from him yet



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    I had a new knee 9 weeks ago. My orthopod recommened I not go back to eventing. Not because I can't ride, but because if I come off and break a leg he said it was really hard to fix. I want to at least do dressage. I don't think I'll make a definite decision until I get really back in shape. My doc is a rider so he knows what we do.



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    I think COTHer mtnmomma has more than one artificial joint, IIRC.
    Click here before you buy.



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    Red face

    I have 2artificial knees and a
    Plate and screws in my left femur just placed 4th in a novice
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    Day...not bad for a creaky granny
    vintage eventer



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    I had a new hip 3 years ago and I haven't missed a beat. Was back teaching the day home from the hospital and riding 6 weeks later. My doc originally said 12 weeks, but I was doing so well he said fine.
    If its any consolation about falling, he said fall on the new one, it will hold up better than my original lol
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    Mike Plumb had a hip replacement some years ago. He's still out there competing.




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    Quote Originally Posted by JER View Post
    Mike Plumb had a hip replacement some years ago. He's still out there competing.

    Jane Sleeper too-- she just rode around Rolex.

    Also, there is a Q&A about riding with a hip replacement in Equus or Practical Horseman this month.



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    Enter a schooling HT at speed bump level. Cruise around, have fun. Then decided if you want to get back into it and call your jump trainer.



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    Thanks for all of the great responses. I'll wade in carefully...

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    Having my hip done next month. Looking forward to being able to use my left leg in a normal fashion!



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    I was going to say that a friend of mine events with a repaired hip joint and two artificial knees--but I see she already beat me to the post. Hi, Mtnmomma! Katie and I miss you, hope to see you soon!



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