Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
That is a predicament! I have two herniated discs that have given me trouble for over 20 years and I don't take my own advise. I've had gaited horses over the years and they do make a difference in how my back feels at the end of a 5 hour ride, but I just love stock horses.
As for a seat saver, I've used a sheepskin seat cover at times but it's only purpose is that it takes away the sweat in the summer and the cold in the winter. It does nothing for my back. Two other guys that I ride with have gel pads and they claim it helps but the thing that helps the most is a horse that is smooth gaited and takes the bump out of trotting.
My current QH, Cash, has a pretty comfortable trot but his canter is like riding a rocking chair - you can sit that gait forever, so when we speed up our pace on the trail, I work at slowing his canter to match their trotting and feel a whole lot better.
Good luck with your surgery and keep us updated.
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