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        11-18-2010, 02:06 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I have scoliosis too and it effects my riding as well, But mine is not to such a degree that it normally causes me pain. As others have suggested, I do core strengthening exercises (stomach,lowerback, etc) to alleviate any pain and help with my riding. What I do are planks, side planks, hold each for 30 seconds on both sides. Balancing on an exercise ball, all sorts of stretches, can't think of all of them right now but if you want the list of exercises I do let me know and I can put them up here for you. As for what might help, I'm not too sure, a lot of it I would think would depend on what your physically comfortable with, As it is I think you compensate pretty well for having scoliosis and I agree with what Dreamcatcher has said.
         
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        11-18-2010, 06:04 PM
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    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.
    Oh right lol that makes sense. I have a strong stomach I think I definitely need to work on my back muscles lol.
    That saddle is really comefortable but if I have stirrups any longer than that I lose the right one every time I canter lol. I have another saddle, that isn't as comfotrable for me but I can ride with longer stirrups. I find that certain saddles hurt my back, eg kreigers. Everyone gushes about how great of a saddle they are... I can't ride in them at all it kills my back just walking around in them for 15 minutes its horrible lol. I like my craft saddle, and my cheap indian leather saddle lol.

    Bubbles has a flat canter which makes it harder work for me to stay in the saddle lol, either my bum moves, my legs move, or both, I just can't stay still. But put me on a mare I trialled to buy who was 3/4 tb and 1/4 warmblood, I just sat there and didnt even move :O sat there like her bucks were nothing lol because I'm so used to having to try real hard to stay in the saddle on bubbles. Lol the lady asked me who I took lessons with and how long I had been riding. You can imagine her face when I said I've never had a professional trainer and I've been riding since June 08.

    Probably yeah, I can't ride my chestnut her gaits are unbearable for me lol, plus with every canter stride it feels like she's trying to toss me out of the saddle but that's just cause she's so bouncy :S
         
        11-18-2010, 06:11 PM
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    I have scoliosis too and it effects my riding as well, But mine is not to such a degree that it normally causes me pain. As others have suggested, I do core strengthening exercises (stomach,lowerback, etc) to alleviate any pain and help with my riding. What I do are planks, side planks, hold each for 30 seconds on both sides. Balancing on an exercise ball, all sorts of stretches, can't think of all of them right now but if you want the list of exercises I do let me know and I can put them up here for you. As for what might help, I'm not too sure, a lot of it I would think would depend on what your physically comfortable with, As it is I think you compensate pretty well for having scoliosis and I agree with what Dreamcatcher has said.
    I have really strong stomach muscles, but I think my back definitely needs working on, so I'm willing to try anything that means I don't have to stop riding lol. I can still do everything I feel like, I just have to put up with the pain that comes from doing it. Exams are nightmares though lol >:(
    I always get looked at funny when non-riders or people that don't know me see me riding because I ride with my left leg ever so slightly higher than my right leg because of the hip twist lol so I look like an idiot but it works for me so who cares. I put one of my friends who was perfectly balanced onto bubbles and bubbles packed a mental [because girl was cocky] and she couldnt stop her and ended up eating dirt. Then I got on and she was still acting up and I sorted it out pretty quickly, bubbles knows when she's in trouble lol. The friend never looked at me funny again.
         
        11-18-2010, 08:15 PM
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    Foal
    Lol you remind me of myself. I have arthritis and the scoliosis is because of it. And I to will try and do everything so long as I don't have to give up riding and my horses. And yep I love doing that sort of thing to people, especially if they are being mean or rude lol. When I get the chance to get on the computer I'll either post the exercises here or pm you if you want them, they helped me a lot.
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        11-18-2010, 08:41 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I have a curvature in my back which means I can't stand or sit straight for any more than about twenty-thirty minutes. When it happened I was in horrible pain for two weeks while all the muscles in my left side strengthened to compensate. Unfortunately this means I don't walk straight =S I take longer strides with my left leg, which means my hips kick to the left when I walk.
         
        11-18-2010, 11:48 PM
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    Lol you remind me of myself. I have arthritis and the scoliosis is because of it. And I to will try and do everything so long as I don't have to give up riding and my horses. And yep I love doing that sort of thing to people, especially if they are being mean or rude lol. When I get the chance to get on the computer I'll either post the exercises here or pm you if you want them, they helped me a lot.
    lol. I've been to so many people about the scoliosis, I've had physiotherapy, I've seen Osteopaths, I've seen an Orthopedic Surgeon and he didn't know what to do so he's sent me to a pain specialist who was the one that told me I had to give up riding. I was not impressed, I understood where he came from and why he said what he did, but I will not give up riding. No way will I give up the one thing that keeps me out of pain long enough to want to keep going. If I stop riding I will lose motivation to do anything, but that's just who I am I guess. Lol, if bubbles was a dangerous horse I wouldn't have done it but she's not she just likes to have her way lol. It's entertaining isn't it haha.
    That would be good thanks I'm willing to try anything it's just a matter of remembering lol
         
        11-18-2010, 11:53 PM
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    I have a curvature in my back which means I can't stand or sit straight for any more than about twenty-thirty minutes. When it happened I was in horrible pain for two weeks while all the muscles in my left side strengthened to compensate. Unfortunately this means I don't walk straight =S I take longer strides with my left leg, which means my hips kick to the left when I walk.
    I know the feeling on sitting and standing lol, I had to get special permission for my mock exams and NCEA exams so I could get up and shift around when I needed to, no way I could endure 3 hours of sitting in one position.

    When it happened?? How did it happen?
    Does it affect what you can and can't do to any extent?
         
        11-19-2010, 12:04 AM
      #18
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    LOL Bubbles, you sound like me when I was younger. I tore up my knee and the Orthopedic Surgeon told me I was too old to bother doing the surgery and I should just sit in a rocker and knit. Well, I wasn't even 40 yet so that didn't go down well. My husband was in the parking lot waiting for me with the boat hitched up behind the truck the day the Dr. Said that. My next appointment I threw a picture down on his desk before he opened his mouth and said something stupid. It was me, on one water ski holding the tow rope in one hand with my leg with the torn up knee just skimming the water like I was barefooting. I had one hand up in the air and I'm sure you know which finger was pointing skyward. He scheduled me for surgery 2 weeks later. No way is a little bit of pain, or being a bit longer on one side than the other going to stop me from riding or skiing or any other darn thing I want to do.
         
        11-19-2010, 05:48 AM
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    Foal
    It happened when I was fifteen, and basically just woke up one day without being able to move. I couldn't stand, sit or walk. After two weeks, as I mentioned, my muscles strengthened and I could walk normally but I still can't stand or sit. I get a constant muscle pain that no amount of stretching will relieve =( Usually when that happens I just change what I'm doing, or I lie down, which lets all my muscles relax.

    It does affect me when I ride for a long time, which unfortunately ruled out endurance any time soon, which I would love to do. I go trail riding on my own now, so when my back starts to hurt I can just get off Isabella and walk. Same thing at shows. It's good for Isabella too, because it gives her a break for a while.

    It also means that when I canter my left leg slides further forward, and when I jump I learn slightly to the left, because that side's stronger and I'm unconsciously relying on that side. I also tend to circle to the left because it's harder to bend to the right than the left. I ended up taking lessons so that someone could help me point out what I was doing so I could concentrate on that more. It helps but I still do it. People sometimes point out what I'm doing wrong and I used to tell them that I had a curvature. They used to look at me funny, like I was ******ed or that it was just an excuse. Now I just ignore them because I know they don't know what it's like.

    The lessons helped me a lot to correct a few things, but there are some things that I can't fix no matter how hard I try. I don't let it get to me. You could try using half-chaps ( I think you call them leggings :s), they helped me straighten my foot, because it's harder to turn your foot out =) Otherwise it's just a matter of straightening your foot when you notice it, or turning your hand up for longer amounts of time. If it starts to hurt, go back to something that's comfortable, then try again.

    It may take a while to see any difference, and sometimes you won't see any difference at all. But keep trying!! =)
         

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