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Horse riding and MS

Yes I’m very fortunate at the moment to still be riding my horse. And long may it continue.

I was wondering if there were any fellow horse riders on the forum.

I find sometimes I have very little strength in my lower legs and cannot be very affective. Have others found this?



Hi really nice to meet a fellow horse rider. I have been diagnosed nearly  1 yr now and also Iam still managing to ride my horse 5 days a week and also completed the occasional weekend I don’t have the problem of weakness but if I go out for a longer ride Iam absolutely shattered for the rest of the day but t defiantly find riding and going down the stables is the best medicine possible and hopefully let it continue 

hello ladies

i know nothing about horses! i was 10ish got on one side and fell off other-never went near another in 40 years BUT................

i know that equine therapy is recognised for helping with core strength amongst other things (theres such a place near me used by disabled kids and adults)

long may you both enjoy the company and support from your horses!


Hello Sally, yes I’m a fellow horse rider as well. Been diagnosed just over a year. I hope to keep riding as long as possible as well but I do find I tire quite easily.

I have my own horse. Always had them. I've been diagnosed 6 years now and touch wood doing fine. A schooling whip could help you and lessons to strengthen your core.

Thanks everyone for your replies. Yes schooling whip sounds obvious I’ll give it a go when it’s less windy!!!

sometimes I find it hard doing up the girth?

I feel very fortunate that I can still enjoy my hobby.


I started to ride on a Friday afternoon after work. 

It was the best ever thing to just roam the Kent countryside on the back of a placid old cob. 

I can't do it now but It's a great memory.


My daughter she doesnt have MS but M.E. and fibromyalgia. She was bedridden with her M.E. I got her a colt and it encouraged her to get up. Finally over the years she is now riding and also running her own business. Her horse has saved her. Without him i think i might have lost her she was in a bad place with her marriage and was just stuck in bed with her children being her carer. I know its not MS but the symptoms are comparable mixed with her fibro. She swears by it, has helped disabled riders ones with MS to ride and enjoy themselves. Sometimes having something to care for which gets you out is really good for you.

Yes, even when I’m knackered after a week at work I crawl out to see the horse. I do tend to feel better. The ms team in the hospital are also supportive of the riding, much to my mums disappointment as she thinks I spend too much on the horse!