It’s Happy Trails for Another OSI Patient
For over 25 years, horseback riding has been an important part of my life. Trail rides, camping trips, parades and competing at the MN State Fair on an equestrian drill team (A group of horses and riders performing choreographed maneuvers to music) have been favorite activities with my horse. Before I made the decision to have both of my knees replaced, I searched the internet and talked to people about riding with artificial knees. I needed reassurance that I would be able to ride after my surgeries. I found out it was possible to ride, but I needed to be careful and to trust my abilities.
My first knee was replaced on November 12, 2014 by Dr. Andrea Saterbak from St. Croix Orthopaedics. I was anxious to ride and physical therapy played a large part in getting back on the horse. Seven weeks after surgery, I rode for 30 minutes, walking and trotting. It felt amazing! The next day, December 30, my left knee was replaced, the leg used most often for mounting on the horse. I would need to work extra hard in physical therapy to get my knee ready. Greg, my physical therapist, designed an exercise that simulated getting on the horse. Ten weeks after my second surgery, I was up on my horse, and at 13 weeks, I as participating at our drill team practice.
A year later, riding feels completely normal, confident in my abilities, and happy to be riding pain free. I trust my horse, but I realize that an animal can be unpredictable. I try to always be aware of my situation and surroundings so I can be prepared. I am so thankful for the chance to continue with an activity I love so much, and I know I will ride for many years to come!