Chronic lower back pain. Could it be from eventing? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
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post #11 of 12 Old 09-19-2012, 12:14 AM
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I agree with ice and not heat. Heat causes inflammation and your back is hurting because of inflammation...so you definitely don't want to cause more. Ice will reduce the inflammation. Also, youngliving.com has peppermint oil priced REALLY well (it is THE more pure on the market). I've found that filling a tub with warm water and adding a few drops of it does wonders. It causes your skin to feel cooler and reduces inflammation. I suffer from inflammitory arthritis (Psoriatic Arthritis...it's autoimmune like Rheumatoid Arthritis, not from wear-and-tear like your grandma may have) and fibromialga which is, all inflammation. I needed a better saddle, so I picked up a Wintec 500 w/ CAIR. Not only did it make all the difference w/ my horse, but it's helped my back too. And, soaking in the tub w/ peppermint oil in it helps greatly too. I got my saddle on ebay brand new w/ tags for $275 w/ free shipping. Just throwing that option out there as something to consider if/when it's a possibility.

Finally, I would certainly check on your physical strength as well as your riding. Maybe someone can take pictures or video of you riding for you to see yourself ride? If not, is going back to the old trainer an option? Just throwing ideas out there. Good luck in finding a solution. I know how it is to hurt, and I don't wish it on anyone.
Agreed! I have a Wintec 500 w/ CAIR as well and I love it! I have a sensitive back and tend to arch a bit too much when I ride and I've never had any problems with pain riding in my Wintec. I got mine on ebay as well for $280. Lightly used (previous owner only rode in it three times) along with a saddle bag for it, a saddle pad, girth AND it came with stirrups and leathers. If you decide to look for a new saddle, ebay is definitely the way to go!

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post #12 of 12 Old 09-19-2012, 01:53 AM
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I ride western but I just wanted to say that poor saddle fit for the rider CAN cause back pain. I once got a new saddle and tried to ride in it for a couple of months. My back got so bad I had to have steroid injections in my back. Finally gave up on the saddle and sold it and now have two saddles that fit me great. It was just something about the posture of that one saddle.

So now I listen to my back....if a saddle causes me pain I don't ride in it.
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