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post #1 of 14 Old 07-21-2010, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Does horseback rididng cause damage to your body when you're older? I've always wondered if I'm going to have back/hip/ankle/wrist/arthritis problems when I'm older haha.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 02:32 AM
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If anything, I'd say the complete opposite. As long as your not straining your self while riding, then it is healthy exercise that could arguably keep you mobile for years longer than if you spent your young years sitting on your butt.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 03:12 AM
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I have some minor spine issues, non-fixable, and I've been told that it won't be pretty at all when I get old, as riding actually does put pressure on the spine discs.

But after further medical investigation, I found out I'll be having trouble with my back anyways when I get old so... I might as well enjoy something until then.
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I'm not old, but a while ago I developed knee and lower back soreness... but I'm pretty sure that horse riding wasn't the primary cause. I went on a break from riding for a little while and have recently returned to regular riding this year and I no longer have either pains. So... yeah ;)
I don't think horse riding will cause any major damage in the long run. The riding gear available these days is very good in terms of posture maintenance and comfort, and if you ride in a good position you should be fine.
Besides, I can think of worse sports when it comes to causing pain in later life. If you've ever seen Free Running (where people run through streets bouncing off walls and flipping off high places onto solid concrete)... that's bad. Those guys are going to need multiple knee reconstructions before they are 30

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Does horseback rididng cause damage to your body when you're older? I've always wondered if I'm going to have back/hip/ankle/wrist/arthritis problems when I'm older haha.
Only is you ride under the horse instead of on top

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post #6 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 09:20 AM
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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.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 09:35 AM
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I had an back injury when I was 11, and only did something about it until I was 17/18. I do not recommend that! I am now having Osteopathy, it's helped but riding makes it sore sometimes :(

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post #8 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 10:13 AM
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If you have any genetic degenerative condition, horseback riding will speed up the process.
Yay for me =/
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 10:15 AM
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Sorry, drybones.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-22-2010, 10:59 AM
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What sport doesnt?
Im almost sure it will for almost everyone. But heck, why not do it while you enjoy it, and painkillers can just be another pill we all take in the morning when were all grandmas ;)

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