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.
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.
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
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.
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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