Hi all! I'm new here as of today and what an awesome forum!! I especially love this PSR group!!
Anyhow I have a few questions. Has anybody here experienced back problems/injuries and gone on to successfully ride again?
My two girls have just started riding and I've got the serious itch once again. I grew up in the hunter/ jumper world then upon leaving for college started riding off and on for pleasure. After 3 kids I got in a rut and felt I really needed something for me and started riding again purchasing my first horse for my 30th birthday. Anyhow, that was a disaster but I learned A LOT! Mostly what NOT to do and that paying a huge price for a trainer does not necessarily make them an expert!!
Anyhow, I've set riding as a goal. Due to my back issues I really need to lose weight. So I thought what better incentive then riding?? Upon losing my first 25 pounds via diet AND exercise I am going to start riding lessons again...during the day, not with my girls! Hoping to lose the last 25 with riding as part of my workout!!
One of my fears of course is the possibility of riding being aggravating to my back making it not a good activity for me! I'm terribly scared I'll get the...sorry no riding ever again warning if my back starts acting up!! Thought maybe someone might have advice or ideas!
I'm looking right now for a Pilates instructor who is trained in back injuries so I can get the benefit of Pilates without doing further damage to my back!! I KNOW in order to ride I need to work on my core and 2 herniated discs and 4 c-sections leave me with no core muscles to speak of.
I am a bit afraid that even at 5'8" and 205 lbs (my first goal) riding instructors will look at me like I'm nuts! Even then I'm going to have to be careful that the lesson horse doesn't have a huge jarring trot!!! Maybe I'll never find the right combination!
Whew, that's my short story long! Thanks for reading and thank you mostly for this forum!!
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