Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia
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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