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    11-25-2013, 01:29 AM
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Weanling
Question about position & Pain

So lately when I've been riding, the next day my lower back is sore. I noticed my lower back hurt today while I was cantering. Is it because I'm not absorbing the movement properly? I know at one point I was told to quiet my seat a bit more.

I didn't concentrate as much as I wanted too on my seat while cantering. I rode the horse that her canter was too much for me before. So I tried really hard to not tighten my hands, and make sure I wasn't holding my inside rein to much. Oh and not freak out at her speedyness. It went well actually. But I'm just wondering if my lower back pain is my fault?
     
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    11-25-2013, 05:05 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Are you needing to go to chiro? Could be hips are out, spine?

Or could be you are wearing pants/breeches too tight too? That will contribute to this, if there is not any stretch or give to them.
     
    11-25-2013, 03:11 PM
  #3
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I have the same problem during and after canter work. My trainer actually said I should feel it in my back. I was curious about that too. I know that the postural muscles (erector spinae) get quite a work-out if you sit the canter properly. So I wonder if that's the pain many riders complain about after riding/cantering?

Curious to see what others have to say.
     
    11-25-2013, 03:25 PM
  #4
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I see so many riders hollowing their backs in a misconceived effort to straighten their shoulders and that creates so much stiffness tension and puts a strain on muscles and ligaments
     
    11-25-2013, 03:29 PM
  #5
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I used to get this when I ws bracing with my back muscles rather than using my core muscles. The difference is subtle... But important!
     
    11-26-2013, 03:05 AM
  #6
Weanling
Well after I made this post, I wasn't sore today.

Last week, my ride was NOT amazing. The saddle was too small for me, and I was riding a new horse and WAY more forward then I wanted to be. I also worked a lot harder last week through the canter. Because this week we were working on being supple, getting that contact that we needed, and Abby is very strong in her canter my coach had me just doing canter circles which honestly was nice for me.

Jaydee I thought maybe that's what I was doing. I know this sounds horrible, but when I get into the canter I forget about position. I focus on my hands, where my legs are and keeping my seat. I know it's bad but I don't remember to to think about my back and shoulders. I do know though I don't overly lean in the canter because I haven't been told to sit back.

My breeches are def not too tight. I probably do need to go to a chiro. I do a lot of physical work at work, and I got hit by a car in feb. My back really hasn't been sore until I started riding and cantering or if I do hardcore trotting and the sitting trot.

I really wanted to try and remember to use my core muscles, but I just get so busy thinking about everything else I forget.
     
    11-26-2013, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by thetempest89    
Well after I made this post, I wasn't sore today.

Last week, my ride was NOT amazing. The saddle was too small for me, and I was riding a new horse and WAY more forward then I wanted to be. I also worked a lot harder last week through the canter. Because this week we were working on being supple, getting that contact that we needed, and Abby is very strong in her canter my coach had me just doing canter circles which honestly was nice for me.

Jaydee I thought maybe that's what I was doing. I know this sounds horrible, but when I get into the canter I forget about position. I focus on my hands, where my legs are and keeping my seat. I know it's bad but I don't remember to to think about my back and shoulders. I do know though I don't overly lean in the canter because I haven't been told to sit back.

My breeches are def not too tight. I probably do need to go to a chiro. I do a lot of physical work at work, and I got hit by a car in feb. My back really hasn't been sore until I started riding and cantering or if I do hardcore trotting and the sitting trot.

I really wanted to try and remember to use my core muscles, but I just get so busy thinking about everything else I forget.
Glad your back is feeling better. Weird though,
Sitting trot doesn't bother my back at all, just cantering.
     
    11-26-2013, 04:21 PM
  #8
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I was once told that I rode like a 'sack of spuds tied up horrible' - I call it my relaxed seat - saves me from a lot of aches, pains & strains!!!
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    11-27-2013, 02:57 PM
  #9
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Are your stirrups a hole too short? I was having this problem too. The pain would further affect my position as I tried to get comfortable. It never hurt in a western saddle, so I started to think of reasons why. I dropped my stirrups a hole and it helped my position and fixed that god awful pinching pain.
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