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        11-18-2010, 12:18 AM
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    i need a bit of a hand...

    It's really long sorry hard to explain...
    Summary at the end if you get lost in the description thingy lol.

    Basically I need some idea's... I have scoliosis, which means my spine is in the shape of an "S" but it also rotates as it goes down, which means my hips are rotated and they have grown to compensate, so as a result the left side of my pelvis is smaller and rotated forwards, the right side of my pelvis is bigger and sits straight. The left side of my ribs stick out forwards, and when I bend over this causes the right side of my ribs to hollow out. My left shoulder blade has been dislocated and relocated, so it sticks out backwards, which has turned my arm inwards and causes me to ride with a piano hand on left side, right side is generally fine unless im holding a whip. And lastly (if youve followed this far lol) because of my pelvis being like it is, it means I do everything crooked but I don't feel it, it has meant that my left leg turns outwards, so my left foot is always turned outwards while riding.

    So... I have scoliosis, spine is an "S".
    Left hip smaller, turned forwards.
    Left ribs and shoulderblade stick out
    Left arm is turned in - piano hand, right side generally fine.
    Left leg is turned out, toes always pointed out when riding. Heel hard to keep down

    So I need a few idea's on how to fix this, any excercises etc? anybody know the feeling? Heeeelppppp lol.
    It physically hurts to keep my left foot pointing straight(hurts ankle) and it physically hurts to keep my left hand upright for very long.
    I also, because of the scoliosis, have the problem of usually leaning to far forwards and haveing my back either arched or curved .

    Here's some pics to show my ******ations lol...

    Dang piano hand
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    I know my right foot is a little pointed out, but look at the left!!!
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    And my arched back, piano hand and twisted foot all in one...
    Picture 084_0001a.jpg

    They both have improved a bit since I started riding, but they seem to have stopped improving, so anybody got any ideas either on horseback or off that might help???
         
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        11-18-2010, 12:24 AM
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    Sorry, no help from me, but I have a friend with scoliosis. She doesn't ride, but she had to have a brace because she had a 30degree tilt I believe. She wore a brace for a year and finally got it off last year. Hope it gets better....have they thought about surgery or a brace?
         
        11-18-2010, 12:33 AM
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    Sorry, no help from me, but I have a friend with scoliosis. She doesn't ride, but she had to have a brace because she had a 30degree tilt I believe. She wore a brace for a year and finally got it off last year. Hope it gets better....have they thought about surgery or a brace?
    I wouldn't have a clue what degree of tilt I have on my spine, but they've never said anything to me about a brace. They have said that they could do surgery but they don't want to because its not extreme enough to be dangerous to me, eg it doesnt press on my lungs. They also don't want to do surgery because it could leave me worse off, if they hit the wrong piece or whatever it could paralise me for the rest of my life.
    So they ket me cringe it out in pain lol, It will never be straight, so I have learnt to deal with it, it's just annoying because the littlest things get pointed out and I can't exactly say, well that's because of my scoliosis because people either pity me or look at me like im some ******ed mental that's going to give them th "disease"[normally people that don't know what scoliosis means], which I don't want lol.
         
        11-18-2010, 12:52 AM
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    Trained
    It sounds like you've learned to compensate pretty well for your scoliosis. I wouldn't try to will it away, but I would keep working on my eq at home. Then at shows I'd just go for the classes that are 90+% judged on the horse and not you. Once you go into the over 18 divisions, Eq mostly disappears anyhow and by the time you're my age, people marvel that you still have the nerve to ride a horse, never mind you have a twisted foot! LOL! It's amazing how a few years will change your perception of how you ride. You might try a wrist brace for the 'piano' hand, that might keep it from hurting when you turn it up. I don't know if a back brace would help or hurt the curve in your spine more, I'd probably leave well enough alone. You're arch isn't that severe to an outsider.

    And as a last defense, there is the good offense. If the folks who are critiquing your eq aren't trainers being paid for the privilege of tearing you down, then I suggest you repay the favour by critiquing their slightest error, quite loudly and in front the hottie that they drool over. Several times ought to cure it.
         
        11-18-2010, 01:02 AM
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    And as a last defense, there is the good offense. If the folks who are critiquing your eq aren't trainers being paid for the privilege of tearing you down, then I suggest you repay the favour by critiquing their slightest error, quite loudly and in front the hottie that they drool over. Several times ought to cure it.
    lol that made me laugh, I will be doing that from now on :L
         
        11-18-2010, 01:19 AM
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    Trained
    Good!!! Don't take crap from someone who, in your shoes, would be warming their toes fireside while you go ride a pace or go to a cubbing with the local hunt.
         
        11-18-2010, 01:41 AM
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    Good!!! Don't take crap from someone who, in your shoes, would be warming their toes fireside while you go ride a pace or go to a cubbing with the local hunt.
    That's a very good point lol, I have decided well it not going to go away and I am NOT living my life in a box doing nothing, I get bored far to fast for that lol. Although just the pain in itself has sent me to counselling once or twice because I don't want to keep going the way I am.
    But I will live my life properly, sure there's more of a risk of injury everytime I fall off a horse... so what?? I'm going to do what I enjoy, and I will enjoy doing it. I went to a pain specialist who recomended I give up riding and stockcar racing.. well.... that did not sit well in my books so I had a few things to say about where he could stick that idea. He doesnt understand, that the only time I don't feel pain is when I'm riding, if I don't ride for weeks at a time it hurts like HELL!!! If I ride everyday I'm not so sore. While I ride I don't hurt at all, which is what keeps me going. But I do need to find the motivation to actually get out there and get on my horse when I am already sore because my brains programmed itself to think that more movement will make it worse.
         
        11-18-2010, 02:12 AM
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    Trained
    Well, I think strengthening your core muscles, stomach & back, will help keep you strong in your seat. That and limbering are what I do most. My biggest problem is getting on and off the horse, I get so tight and need to stretch. And like you, the only time I'm not sore or actively hurting is when I'm in the saddle. Ride it like you got no tomorrow!
         
        11-18-2010, 02:39 AM
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    Well, I think strengthening your core muscles, stomach & back, will help keep you strong in your seat. That and limbering are what I do most. My biggest problem is getting on and off the horse, I get so tight and need to stretch. And like you, the only time I'm not sore or actively hurting is when I'm in the saddle. Ride it like you got no tomorrow!
    I thought your core and your stomach were the same thing?? How would I strengthen my core? Lol I have really good abs, theyre rock hard, but you can't see them which is good in my opinion lol.
    I wonder if its because of the movement or the concentration that stops the pain while we're riding.
    I will be lol.... as soon as I can catch the silly woman :L
         
        11-18-2010, 07:49 AM
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    Trained
    Stomach and Back are your core muscles, I just put them in for definition in case you didn't know what I was referring to.

    LOL, I don't know if it's concentration or relaxation that does it for me. I know I ride with my stirrups at least 2 holes longer than yours, dropping your stirrups one notch might help you. Or not, might mess up your balance totally.

    I notice if I'm riding my comfy horse with smooth big strides that my back pain goes completely away when I ride and stays away for some time after. A friend has a lovely appy gelding, but he's very short strided and choppy and I can't ride him for 30 minutes without my back killing me. So I'm thinking the right motion & relaxation do it for me.
         

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