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    12-04-2011, 10:26 PM
Jumping lessons - I can feel it...

I've been taking jumping lessons for couple months. Lots of fun and GREAT instructor. But I almost always have problems with back muscles for couple days after the lesson (usually feel tense in middle/lower of the back). Is it something common? May be some exercises to prevent that happening in 1st place?

Now, I try to ride every day (flat mostly), and I also take dressage lessons (that often are even more intense than jumping). But I don't have back issues after those.
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    12-04-2011, 10:45 PM
    12-05-2011, 02:02 AM
I used to get terrible back pain from my lessons because I over arched my back all the time when riding.
It eventually got bad enough that it would take me a minute or two to stand up straight after doing something like picking hooves.
Might not be your problem, but core exercises and back stretches helped me.
    12-05-2011, 08:09 PM
I don't jump, but I have dressage lessons once a week, and I ride three days a week, all with a recovering back injury. (slight scoliosis, lower vertebrae injury, torn ligaments in sacrum area) Anyways, I see a chiropractor who understands I wont be taking a break from riding. I have constant back aches every time I ride (picking hooves really aggravates it) so here's what gets me through it (I know you arent injured like I am, but I've lived with back pain for awhile now so know all the good tricks to help alleviate it)

- ice pack low back as soon as I get home from riding for 20 minutes
- heating pad on low back for 20 minutes before bed
- Chiro adjustment at least once a month, sometimes twice
- massage therapy (this REALLY helps the sore muscles)
- anti inflammatory (advil) when pain gets worse

Hope your back pain subsides - its frustrating to have it, especially in dressage when sitting the trot and needing to relax a back that is in pain and wont relax!
    12-05-2011, 09:51 PM
Thanks, folks! Well, it doesn't seem to be a problem with dressage lessons (sitting trot including), and I definitely don't arch the back (or the instructor (both of them actually) would go after me). So I wonder if it may be a shock? I ride lesson horse, so I don't have my usual Thinline pad (I always use with my own mares). May be I have to give it a try with Thinline (the only problem I'm afraid to forget it on horse and it's not cheap to lose :) ).

I didn't think about the chiro, but I wonder if it'll be paid by my insurance if I just show up there complaining.
    12-05-2011, 10:18 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I didn't think about the chiro, but I wonder if it'll be paid by my insurance if I just show up there complaining.
It's worth finding out. Mine covers 20 adjustments a year, after that it's on me.
If only it would cover it for the horses too!
    12-05-2011, 10:20 PM
OK, I'm not a jumper, but I'll take a hack...

In jumping, your body is folded up more. The shorter & more forward placed stirrups has your body leaning forward, and it stresses your lower back to be there.

Dressage or western has your back vertical to your hips, and your spine bears the weight, not your muscles.

Also, a jump has a vertical motion to it, and you have to absorb the vertical shock somewhere.
    12-05-2011, 10:35 PM
^^ Could be that indeed. I'm thinking about talking to my dressage instructor next lesson to see what she thinks.

MHFQ, I going to look up the policy, but I wonder if I have to go to the doctor 1st. Will see I guess. :)
    12-06-2011, 12:44 AM
If your insurance covers chiro, you should be able to go to a chiro in your network without a referral (most MDs don't like to refer to Chiros) then have the chiro call your insurance to find out all the specifics. I only get 12 visits a year paid thru insurance, so I pay a bunch out of pocket for the chiro and massage therapy, but sooo worth it to keep riding.

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