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post #11 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone. I can't tell you how glad I am you guys cared enough to help me and I hope you have more tips for me.

As for the the lesson tonight, I went to it and I warmed up as usual and my back wasn't that bad in the walk and trot. At first it hurt to post but then it felt better after a few times around. While cantering I did a circle and every time he placed his front feet on the ground my back hurt so bad. Then it would release and as soon as he took another stride it hurt again. So I told my instructor and she said let's just try a little more and tell me when it hurts. So I did that and she said let's see if you can jump a little crossrail. So I finally convinced my self to do it and I was nervous of course. He jumped fine but he jumped a little early and there was agonizing pain in my back. When I told her she said try again and follow him all the way through. He didn't hurt as bad then but it still wasn't enjoyable. During this my riding partner was riding her horse and jumping different jumps that were 2' and higher and I couldn't help but feeling really upset. I used to do that. But instead of motivating me or giving me more confidence it did the opposite. Do you guys have anything to help me?
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 09:55 PM
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Personally I'd get an xray still. I'm only saying that because I don't want you to do what I did! :) Aside from that just remember that you're in pain and that makes a world of difference in your riding (especially when it's in your back). Think of it like you're being lame like a horse. There's no reason to feel bad because you got back on and did it! Even a small step is a step in the right direction! :-D You'll get back to doing those heights it'll just take some time for your pain and your nerves to subside. Trust me when I say this, push through your nervousness and get checked out and you'll be back to you in no time!

As a side note stretching your spine up could help relieve some pain on the ground/in the saddle. Before I got checked out I did it and it helped relax my muscles, another thing I did was to sit the trot (may not be possible but just thought I'd suggest). And if it makes you feel any better my instructor used to say that all the best riders fell off 1001 times, we become better riders for the falls we take and the strength we show to get back on. :)

Happy recovery!
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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I tried a sitting trot it helped a little but not much.

I still can't get over the whole accident. It's all I think about. I get really upset because I don't know why he would do that. I keep replaying what happened in my head and my heart beats faster and I don't know what I should do. My parents aren't convinced its anything serious but the pain is so bad that after I'm done cantering I will get all teary and just want to stop riding. I'm only 16 and I have just started jumping this year and already thinking about quitting it. I used to get excited about jumping at my lessons and kinda speed through the flat work but now I never want to jump again at lessons. I would rather walk or trot around. I don't know what to do. 😔
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