Well, it turns out I do. I started seeing a new chiropractor because my back pain has become so extreme, and he took x-rays. I have a dangerously flat neck (no curve whatsoever) and scoliosis of the spine which has actually enlarged one hip bone from the crooked way I carry myself. I carry 21.8 pounds more pressure in my right foot then my left foot. I carry my head crooked and don't even realize it.
Does anyone else have this problem? And if so, what have you done to help your riding? Looking back at photos now, I realize I've ALWAYS had a twisted back - it's just never been so drastic as to majorly affect my riding. Now the pain is almost unbearable at times, I'm taking lessons and after a round of two point I'm ready to fall off, but I've been gritting my teeth and pushing through it.
This is the ENTIRE reason for Jynxy's left lead problems - my dear blessed horse doesn't have any problem, it's her gimpy rider! I've been seeing my chiropractor and taking lessons 1-2 times per week (and riding almost daily) and for the first time in MONTHS, we finally got the left lead with me sitting down. We've discovered she'll get it every time if I'm in two point - off her back and not making HER job impossible!
Any tips would be fantastic, I am really hoping the chiropractor will be helping but he's told me his concern is with my neck right now as the scoliosis could very well be an "unfixable" thing at this point if I've had it for god knows how long and just never noticed. He thinks my symptoms lately are just a worsening of my neck and lower back in combination. Also the lessons appear to be helping as I obviously finally cantered her for the first time in six months without having to ride like a jockey!
Here are some photos for anyone confused - I DID shorten my stirrup for awhile, but my aunt (my coach) is REALLY against that and made me fix them. These photos are of my stirrups completely even:
The spitting image of my back (this could literally be MY x-ray except it curves the opposites way (left shoulder drop):
Riding Western (2010):
Riding English (2010):
And even in this photo from 2008, you can see I'm dropping my shoulder:
Thanks guys, I hope you're as good at training riders as you are horses!