Equestrian Writer Nancy Brown on a cattle drive at High Lonesome Ranch in DeBeque, Colorado.
During my elementary school years, I remember taking my horse swimming while riding bareback. I remember standing my horse, walking away from my horse, and taking a running start, vaulting onto my horse, while he patiently stood still.
Horse-loving baby boomer
Fast forward forty years and you have an over-weight, horse-loving, baby boomer who is not aging gracefully. These days, I rely on a mounting block or bale of hay to step into the saddle.
Hip dysplasia and horseback riding
Due to my hip dysplasia, I’m no longer able to reach my left foot into the stirrup from a standing position on the ground. My left leg only lifts off the ground so far. This deterioration of my hips, due to minimal cartilage, is frustrating for me, but thanks to advances in the medical industry, I’ll have a new ceramic hip soon.
No pain in the saddle
Fortunately for me, I don’t experience any pain in my joints when I am horseback riding. It’s getting on and off the horse that is difficult. After years of walking with a slight limp and at the insistence of my husband, I made a follow up appointment with an Orthopaedic Specialist. The x-ray of my hips from 2011 to 2012 showed much less cartilage in my left hip than the year prior. It was time for total hip replacement (THR) surgery.