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How to ride a horse after a knee injury?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Injury |

Once in a lifetime, every horseback rider experiences some sort of an injury, which can be a really traumatic experience. Among the most common injuries is a knee injury. Riders who suffered this type of injury feel little insecure and their confidence is shaken up, they need to balance their mental and physical side and they top concern is how to get off the horse and avoid further damage.

The first thing – you mustn’t neglect your doctor’s orders and consider joining the physical therapy. This is a crucial step towards recovery. Many of you will try to get back in the saddle even when you are not fully recovered; this is a massive mistake because you will only worsen your condition. On the other hand, if you have a fear of riding a horse again, try joining some group therapy that will help you to overcome your fears.


Work with your coach because he will help you manage your horse easier, at least for the first few months. In this way, you will avoid hurting yourself again and you will gain more confidence knowing that someone is beside you and at your service to help you.

This whole thing is a process that requires a lot of time and every ride has to go through it. After every injury, getting back into the saddle and into the spot can be challenging and sometimes hard, but remember you are not alone in this. Make sure to be strong and physically fit before you get back, this will not only boost your confidence but will also help you to be more focused and energized.

Best Knee Rehab Exercises and Bends for Injury Recovery and Strengthening

The horse has probably felt your absence, due to your injury, it may be a really good idea to spend some quality time with it and we don’t mean riding. This way you will strengthen your relationship and again rebuild your trust.


When you sit in the saddle for the first time listen to your body and your instincts, the key thing is to be kind to yourself. In this way, your expectations will be more realistic and you will have more positive and enthusiastic feeling during your ride. Every next ride will become as a light exercise and it will help you to feel comfortable and more in control. Always talk with your coach because he will help you in overcoming any type of insecurities you may have. It is important to establish with him a bond, more open communication and to talk about your feelings.


With every ride, establish some sort of a goal and at a beginning keep it small and when every ride finishes you will have a positive feedback. If you set up things like this, you will have a chance to notice progress each day. You will wish to have a goal towards you want to channel your energy and this will help you to ride good, rather than be distracted with your insecurities.

Opportunity to ride again is a wonderful gift, so appreciate it every day.