Where to start…..
Years ago now I had aches and back trouble. Teachers didn’t get it nor did the parents but eventually I was taken to the GP. They said I had a slipped disc, while unusual for a teenager of about 13 I was quite active and took a few falls from a few horses…. I wasn’t a bad rider but they would put me on the difficult ones because I was quite good.
That lead to showing and that lead to both cross-country and then dressage. I used to love that as well.
In my mid teens I would get off the horses so lame and the knees so hurt I had to have help to the nearest sit down point.
Was eventually taken to the docs and x-rays revealed early onset osteo arthritis…. not the best day of my life. Soon after I got to ride real dressage and after a few years got to intermediate… we don’t talk about how much the knees hurt by then but the old cavalier saddles are kind to both horse and rider.
By my early 20’s I was getting comments about the lack of suppleness in my spine and although still being placed I was losing points.
By 27 they knew I had the old osteo in my spine as well and soon after I had to have a full decompression….. that hurt….. and didn’t go to plan.
Been downhill ever since… except it han’t…. there is life after the diagnosis and well it’s not been so bad…..