Riding Fit

Injured Foot

Accomplished horsewoman and fitness expert Emily Harrington offers advice on dealing with an injury and getting back in the saddle.


I recently had foot surgery, which involved inserting a rod and screws. I really need to work out, but I’m not sure where to start.


The very first thing I would ask is if you were given any guidelines from your doctor. Because I am not aware of the scope of your injury or reason for surgery, I cannot answer your question directly.

However, there are many exercises that can be done without engaging the lower body:

    • Upper body workouts with or without weights
    • Swimming with a lower body buoy
    • Arm cycling
    • Seated on ball core work and/or stretches
    • Floor exercises focused on the core

The most important thing is that you heal and get back to doing the things you love to do.

– Emily J. Harrington, CPT, equestrienne fitness trainer, is a multiple AQHA world champion and top-10 World Show finisher.

For more articles on improving your riding, count on The American Quarter Horse Journal to come through every month. Subscribe or renew today!