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Back in the saddle

  • Author: Cheyenne Harper
  • Date Submitted: Aug 8, 2023
  • Category: Orthopedics

“I'm now back in the saddle doing what I love. This is my life, without joint pain.”

From the outside, Cheyenne looked like an active 32-year-old cowboy teaching roping lessons, training horses and traveling around the country to compete as a PRCA calf roper. Born into a family that lives and breathes rodeo, Cheyenne entered the world of professional rodeo at age 18. He ranked among the top 40 calf ropers in the world and continued the cowboy tradition that he was born into.

“My grandfather started our family rodeo business in 1979,” Cheyenne says. “It’s been a part of my life since the day I was born.”

But, Cheyenne experienced bad hip pain and desperately needed a double hip replacement to continue pursuing his dream.

Over the years, the wear and tear of jumping on and off a horse coupled with hereditary joint issues, according to his doctor, caused extensive joint deterioration. It was making it almost impossible to continue the intense activity level his lifestyle required.

After six excruciating years in pain, Cheyenne was eager to try anything. When his doctor suggested he take the leap and pursue a double hip replacement, he easily replied, “Let’s do it!”

In August 2022, he underwent surgery to replace his right hip. After just six weeks of recovery, he went in again for his left hip to be replaced.

“Before the surgery, I hurt 24/7. When I woke up, I immediately felt the difference,” Cheyenne recalls.

Cheyenne was back in the saddle in March 2023 and took home a first-place buckle and the satisfaction of knowing he can get back to doing what he loves, without hip pain.