Originally Posted by On The Bright Side
Does horseback riding cause damage to your body when you're older?
Yes. It also causes damage when you're young, but you won't really start to feel it until you've accumulated some years.
Ask any orthopedic doctor about the abuse your body takes from horseback riding.
Part of it is from the wrecks you're bound to have if you ride long enough, and part of it is just wear and tear on your joints, ligaments, and bones.
If you have any genetic degenerative condition, horseback riding will speed up the process.
Any type of impact exercise has consequences. Some good, some bad.
I know the risks, and have found them acceptable.