Last week I realized the healing had plateaud and it was time to make a doctor's appointment. I see an orthopedic specialist tomorrow morning. I'm really hoping there is a magical pill, injection, or electro-zapping machine that can instantly heal me (or at least clear me for riding). At this point I can't straighten my knee all the way, it hurts if I move it wrong, gets achy if I stand or walk around for 10 minutes, and is stiff after sitting for a bit. I'm using a leg brace and Salonpas pain patches (by the way - they work!). It's been a long time since I've had an injury, and I sure hope this is the last one. Ever.
He showed me that I was looking at the wrong area for correct saddle sizing, and demonstrated with a Stubben tree frame. I had been focusing on the fit at his shoulders, when the proper place to fit is directly behind the shoulder, on either side of the spine. My horse needs a medium tree (size 29 for Stubben).
The Stubben that has caught my eye is the Roxane model. With front and rear blocks, it has a reputation for helping to place the rider in a correct seat. There's a used one from a friend-of-a-friend that I'll be trying out this Thursday, and there's another used one at the local tack shop I'll try if that one doesn't work out.