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    03-05-2011, 11:05 PM
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I am having a serious problem and I'm not really liking it

Today & yesterday I went and rode my horse... walk trot & a tiny bit of canter {like 3 or 4 strides} & I started to have chest problems and my stomach started to cramp up but, it was after he stopped cantering & he was walking.

It was really bad because, I ended up getting off and crawling over to the fence to my cell phone & calling my BO because I couldn't even grab hold of my horse the pain was just that bad. My BO called my fiance and my fiance brought me home & I fell asleep for an hour and than woke up & the pain was gone. My BO even had to walk my horse out and put him back in his paddock because, I couldn't stand the pain. My fiance had to carry me to the truck from the barn because I couldn't even walk.

I am always told whether it be by my trainer or people who I ride with or my BO that I tense up a lot when I ride and I tend to hold my breath & I am wondering if that could be why my chest & my stomach started to hurt.

I haven't gone to the doctor because, I don't know if they'll be able to answer my questions especially if it is a horse related question. Although if it happens again the next time I ride I am going to go to the hospital and have them run tests.

I took a muscle relaxer when I came home & it seemed to work & I don't have these pains now, it's just when I'm riding but, I don't feel it until me & my horse are done with 'work' & than it results in me having to call out my BO & have my BO call my fiance & walk my horse out & put him away.

Could this be because, I am tensing up so much?. Could it be because, I am holding my breath?. If it is because of that how can I fix it so, I don't hold my breath or tense up?.

I don't even realize I am doing it but, when other people watch me ride they can point it out immediately!!. It's quite embarrassing

Thanks in advance for any help
     
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    03-05-2011, 11:11 PM
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Weanling
It could be related to holding your breath...lack of oxygen can cause muscle cramps, but if is serious enough for you to need to call for help, I would suggest going to the doctor. They may not know much about riding or horses, but they do know about how you body will react in a certain situation, and they can also tell you if chest pain is related to being tense or holding your breath. =) hope that helps, and what ever is causing this, hopefully it is something simple and non-serious!
     
    03-05-2011, 11:14 PM
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If everyone who sees you ride says that you tense up, & you get the pain after a ride, it's likely that the tensing up is causing the pain.

I suggest that you work with a coach who can help you overcome this tensing up. Deep breathing, into your belly, & matching breaths with the horse, & consciously exhaling when you want the horse to slow to a stop, are all excellent practices. Good luck!
     
    03-05-2011, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Lonannuniel    
It could be related to holding your breath...lack of oxygen can cause muscle cramps, but if is serious enough for you to need to call for help, I would suggest going to the doctor. They may not know much about riding or horses, but they do know about how you body will react in a certain situation, and they can also tell you if chest pain is related to being tense or holding your breath. =) hope that helps, and what ever is causing this, hopefully it is something simple and non-serious!

It's quite embarrassing. Alright, I am going to rephrase that, it's super embarrassing. It was serious enough that I had to call for help and crawl on yucky ground to get my cell phone. The snow is melting in our ring = yucky ring, even if I tried to stand up I couldn't because, ugh.

I've never experienced pain so bad although, my BO had me laughing the whole time we were waiting for my fiance because, he kept saying "here we go" and just cracking jokes to make me laugh during a potentially dangerous situation, while my horse could care less and went & ate my BO's mare hay.

Question : How could I work on fixing the 'holding the breath' because, it really annoys me & embarrasses me!
     
    03-05-2011, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Northern    
If everyone who sees you ride says that you tense up, & you get the pain after a ride, it's likely that the tensing up is causing the pain.

I suggest that you work with a coach who can help you overcome this tensing up. Deep breathing, into your belly, & matching breaths with the horse, & consciously exhaling when you want the horse to slow to a stop, are all excellent practices. Good luck!


Thank You, I will be working with a dressage trainer starting in April but, till than I will start the deep breathing and exhaling.

     
    03-06-2011, 12:40 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by beauforever23    


Question : How could I work on fixing the 'holding the breath' because, it really annoys me & embarrasses me!
For my forgetting to breath problem, I simply had to think about breathing. After fainting a few times in random places ( school..riding...a few other public places ) I had to literally add the word ' breath ' into all my thoughts. For riding, I told my trainer this problem, she put me on the lunge line, and told me to think about breathing, ONLY about breathing. After moving off the lunge line, my thoughts were, for example, " inside leg, breath, turn at m, breath, sit deep in the saddle, breath..." and so on. After doing this for quite awhile, I had re-trained myself to breath naturally and regularly. It's also good to notice when you tense up, and purposefully breath in that situation. This will teach yourself to breath whenever you feel that tenseness in your body. =)
     
    03-06-2011, 12:40 AM
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I would hate for you to assume that it is a riding problem when it could be something worse, it is probably smarter to go to a Dr and get checked out. The Dr will likely not be familiar with horses, but they will be familiar with exercise in general and can do heart stress tests on a treadmill.

To help your breathing while riding, trot, as you post, count down = breathe out, up = breathe in. Do the same with the strides of any gait, if they are too fast, then do it for two strides. Count to yourself all the time.

Did you get light headed before the pain started? If you were holding your breathe, I would imagine that you would get light headed first.
     
    03-06-2011, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Lonannuniel    
For my forgetting to breath problem, I simply had to think about breathing. After fainting a few times in random places ( school..riding...a few other public places ) I had to literally add the word ' breath ' into all my thoughts. For riding, I told my trainer this problem, she put me on the lunge line, and told me to think about breathing, ONLY about breathing. After moving off the lunge line, my thoughts were, for example, " inside leg, breath, turn at m, breath, sit deep in the saddle, breath..." and so on. After doing this for quite awhile, I had re-trained myself to breath naturally and regularly. It's also good to notice when you tense up, and purposefully breath in that situation. This will teach yourself to breath whenever you feel that tenseness in your body. =)

I most definitely will try that & will most likely get my new dressage trainer to throw me on the lunge line. I feel that should help with it a tons. I will also try to do what you just explained.

Thanks.


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Originally Posted by AlexS    
I would hate for you to assume that it is a riding problem when it could be something worse, it is probably smarter to go to a Dr and get checked out. The Dr will likely not be familiar with horses, but they will be familiar with exercise in general and can do heart stress tests on a treadmill.

To help your breathing while riding, trot, as you post, count down = breathe out, up = breathe in. Do the same with the strides of any gait, if they are too fast, then do it for two strides. Count to yourself all the time.

Did you get light headed before the pain started? If you were holding your breathe, I would imagine that you would get light headed first.


Alex, you definitely have a point that it could be something totally worse. I have a doctors appointment wensday at 11 & I will also see if my doctor can preform a heart stress test on the treadmill so, I definitely will suggest that to him.

Nope, didn't get light headed before the pain. Just when we came down from the canter, I felt this incredible amount of pain & hopped off of him as quickly as possible, chest hurt, stomach cramps {definitely not period cramps, I just got over that} & they were so bad that I couldn't walk.
     
    03-06-2011, 12:54 AM
  #9
Yearling
I agree with Alex, this sounds more serious than just forgetting to breathe when you ride. I do that all the time and the worst thing that happens is I feel a little light-headed or get a side ache.

The symptoms you are having are NOT normal. Let us know how the appointment goes!
     
    03-06-2011, 01:04 AM
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Just to be safe, I wouldn't ride (or just ride lightly) until you have an ok from a Dr, there is no reason to go dying on us or anything :)
     

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