Horseback riding is a wonderful hobby and often misunderstood by those who have not done it, as are the physical requirements necessary to do so comfortably and successfully. A few of the things you must be sure to have addressed regarding your return to horseback riding after hip replacement are adequate range of motion (ROM), strength and endurance. Most people are aware of the hip ROM necessary to get on/off and to be on a horse. This includes range of motion into external rotation, abduction (to the side) and extension (backwards). Two great stretches are the seated frog stretch (feet together) and the hip flexor stretch in either standing or kneeling. It is very important that you begin gentle stretching into these positions and be able to sustain them for longer amounts of time. It is better to keep a stretch gentle and hold it rather than have it be too hard and fast. The body responds best and can relax into these sustained stretches which is also what is needed for extended time on a horse. Depending on the approach used by your surgeon in performing your hip replacement, there may be specific hip precautions for you to be aware of as you return to the saddle.