Sunday, April 24, 2011

The ankle bone is connected....

to the knee bone...the knee is connected to the hip bone....

and they are all broken.

Well. Not broken, but something popped in my knee and I can't walk. Which is AWESOME. Well. That's a lie. I can walk, but it feels like razor blades in my knee. My ankle needs fixed and I was suppose to have surgery last fall, which I put off. So now I wonder if that stress of walking funny is what caused the knee to decide it was done. In addition my hip hurts like hell. Positive? All on the same leg.

Oh the joy! Maybe that's why Denali came into my life. God knew I'd always be broken and couldn't ride anyway.

I actually have been doing a lot of reading about arthritis in horses necks. It's obviously very serious, and usually spells the end of the horses riding career. Some of it seemed to make a lot of sense to Denali. If she did indeed hurt her neck 2 years ago, why did it show up in September? One thing I read was that if the horse can have muscles built up in their neck that helps to support the neck, and the signs are less. I wonder if that would work for Ms. D. Still waiting for the suspensory to finish healing (someday! geez) but then I am going to try to build those neck muscles up to see if it helps. Suggestions on exercises that I can do w/o being on her back? Ground driving, but other things?

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!!

5 comments:

SolitaireMare said...

Knee pain? Oh, no! I hear you on that! Take care of those joints, you know you will need them for a long time!

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Well..not sure if this is an option b/c of your knee..but just hand walking. You can walk her a couple of miles and it's so great!!! Build up on that and grow it from there. LOTS to do! xo

Dom said...

Ouch! Feel better :(

Megan said...

Bending and flexing is good for building muscles in the neck, but too much can apparently build up the wrong muscles. .

Good Luck =)

achieve1dream said...

Wow that really sucks! I hope you're feeling better. I hope it's not serious.

I don't know about Denali. I know hills are great for building backs and the correct muscles in the neck if she's long and low. I think cavaletti do too. Surely anything that builds up the back correctly would build up the neck . . . right?