Recovery Update

I had a bad riding accident coming off a client’s horse on the 14th of August and have been off work since. It’s been my worst tumble yet, and I’ve had a few bad ones, including another surgery in the past to repair my knee, various stitches, a chipped nose, soft tissue damage, back injuries, the list goes on.

Unfortunately, I landed hard on my left arm, breaking it, and was kicked in the back as I came off resulting in an additional four badly broken ribs and a punctured lung which ended up partially collapsing. I was wearing a solid, up-to-standard back protector at the time, too, just to give you an idea of the impact!

On my way to A&E with no pain relief because my sats were too low!
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Rider Exercise of the Month – The ITB Stretch

This month’s unmounted exercise is focused on your Iliotibial Band (ITB) – a fibrous band that runs from your hip to the outside of your knee. The band can become tight or inflamed with use and is most commonly noticed by runners however as riders, we can feel it too sometimes! Tightness or discomfort in this area (hips and knees usually) may arise due to the rotated, toes-pointed-forwards, knees bent position we try to maintain while riding, and combined with knee instability or weak muscles, this band can be strained.

As with most of these exercises, doing them three to four times a week is ideal.

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Rider Exercise of the Month – The Keyhole Stretch

This month’s unmounted exercise can be helpful for those with Sciatica (something I suffer with myself!) or with tension in their piriformis muscle – both of which can occur in riders due to our position in the saddle, especially for those riding wider horses. As with most of these exercises, doing them three to four times a week is ideal.

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Rider Exercise of the Month – The Couch Stretch

This month’s unmounted exercise improves mobility in your back and hips, helps relieve tightness, and is very effective for opening the hips. Having a mobile back and hips is essential for maintaining an independent seat when you ride, and for allowing your horse to move more freely underneath you. As with most of these exercises, doing them three to four times a week is ideal.

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