About three weeks ago I somehow strained the adductor muscles (aka. my groin) in my left thigh. No idea how - my ride the night before had been a laid back toodle, and I didn't feel anything until I got up in the morning.
It doesn't bother me through my everyday activity other than being a bit sore when I wake up. And it mostly hasn't bothered me while I've been in the saddle.
Unless I ride both horses.
The last two Sundays I rode Cisco, then Phantom. Everything felt fine on the first horse. When I settled into the tack on the second horse, I felt a bit of pain in my thigh. On the first Sunday, I didn't feel it through the rest of the ride. On the second Sunday, I definitely did. It was painful enough that when I first picked up the trot I did about 3 strides before coming back to walk because it hurt. Of course, being a horse person, I stayed on and completed my ride (thankfully Phantom was feeling perky and I didn't have to use much leg).
I paid for riding two horses on both Sundays by being quite sore through the rest of the evening. Ice packs were applied and Advil was ingested.
Thankfully I was no more sore than normal the next morning. But I don't want this to linger and take months to heal.
So this week I'm going to be smart(ish) and take it easy. When I ride I'm going to stick to walking. Mostly walking on a loose rein type of walking so that I don't have to use my leg. Squeezing in with my thigh hurts, so I probably shouldn't do that.
|The only bottle of Sore No More I've ever bought lives on my dresser and has never seen a horse.
Has anyone tried kinesiology tape and found that it helped with injuries?