Riders with Arthritis

In September 2011, I started experiencing the effects of Arthritis.  Some days are better than others, with manageable pain and moderate stiffness.  Other days it seems to be all through my body.  And of course, it can and has affected my riding.  

I'd sure love to hear from others about how you are managing your Arthritis, what you are doing to feel better and tips on what works to help you keep riding comfortably.

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Comment by Marlene Thoms on August 18, 2014 at 4:49pm

Hey, newsflash. Some of my joint and muscle problems were actually due to thyroid problems. Over the years I have occasionally seen my doc with terrible muscle cramps, non-functional joints, carpal tunnel, elbow, wrist, shoulder, hips. I asked him if it could be my thyroid, but No, he said my thyroid was fine. Well another doc checked it out a little better, and it runs out many of my problems(including some weird ones) were probably because of auto-immune thyroiditis. Now I'm on thyroid hormone and feel somewhat better already, it is a slow process to correct years of deficiency. so if you have weird pains and aches, maybe get your thyroid checked. If they say it's normal, maybe it is, maybe not, lol.

Comment by Jo Ross on July 7, 2014 at 1:02pm

I had both of my hips replaced three weeks ago and hope to be riding again by this Fall,fingers crossed. I also had three levels in my neck fused on May 27. Most of my back is already fused and I've had one knee replacement. All of this because of arthritis and yes,it has slowed me down but I refuse to let it lock me. I look very funny while mounting my horse but once I'm up there I'm fine. I have found that exercise is the best way to deal with the stiffness and pain, and go to the gym three times a week. Hang in there, no pain/no gain.

Comment by Jackie Cochran on May 5, 2014 at 8:56am

Hi Marlene, I wonder if the extra virgin olive oil would help horses with arthritis. 

I guess at four tbs/day for humans that it could get to be pretty expensive to give a horse an equivalent daily dose.

Comment by Marlene Thoms on May 4, 2014 at 11:50pm

Don't ask me how, or why but I found accidentally that using large amounts of Extra Virgin Olive oil helps my muscle and bone pain, which I have had for years. I probably take at least 4 or more tablespoons a day, and noticed a change for the better within days. And I didn't gain a bunch of weight doing it, which I thought I would. so, yes, it has helped my riding. I've tried many other things, but aside from Vioxx and ibuprofen (which were hard on my digestion) I haven't found anything else that helped.

Comment by Paula Slater on January 13, 2014 at 12:49pm

Hi Jackie, Thank you for the information. I would really be interested in the Draper Therapies results. Although I do feel more comfortable with ceramic instead of metal. 

Comment by Jackie Cochran on January 13, 2014 at 12:27pm

I haven't gotten the BOT long johns yet, I'm still saving up for my next purchase.  I do have the "dickey" neck brace, back brace and shawl and there are mornings now when I wake up and I am not in pain, a BIG improvement!  I used to wake up every morning to a stiff neck and hip bursitis, now either there is no pain or the pain is much less. 

I am also looking on-line at the Draper Therapies stuff, they have metal instead of ceramic in the thread and this company produces its stuff in the USA, and some of the human stuff is cheaper.

Comment by Paula Slater on January 10, 2014 at 11:13am

Hello, I have arthritis in my knees and I find the Back On Track Therapeutic knee brace really helps. It is not bulky under riding tights. In the winter I wear it everyday. I have two braces and alternate. Has anyone tried the Back On Track Therapeutic long johns?

Comment by dori hollander on December 18, 2013 at 4:05pm

Just going out to the barn and hanging out can be the best , even if I don't ride every time. 

  71 and  more active than most of my younger friends...

I'm so thankful to have my horse and to be around young people!

Comment by Jaye Laughlin on December 8, 2013 at 2:08pm

I have arthritis, and it affects me on and off;  I can now forecast bad weather with my knees (lookout TWC!)  I now no longer attempt to get on my horses without a mounting block, and /or using an English saddle with nice long dressage leathers that I can lengthen and get that stirrup really low.  I've moved over to "shorter horses."  I find Mineral Ice by Straight Arrow to be a miracle in a jar...If there's a will, there's a way.

Comment by shannon lewis on September 24, 2013 at 1:40pm

Thank you so much..very informative. I'll look into it. :)


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