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xJumperx 09-05-2012 07:06 PM

Lower Back Pain In Two-Point!
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Hello :)

So I have recently switched trainers - which I am *extremely* happy for!! Old trainer was bipolar ... Anyway ... This new trainer is really great - she's kind, has a great teaching style, and really relates to all of 'her kids.' She also works us very hard in lessons - which I love! The only problem with that is, I have been experiancing bad lower back pain when in 2 point.

I'm fine for the first few minutes of 2 point. But after a little while I notice my back starts hurting really badly. It feels like someone turned my spine into barbed wire. It's not all at once, but it does come pretty quick. Starts with a nag and ends with it being so ouchy I just have to go for the sitting walk for a second, because even posting hurts. I've heard it's a core thing ... but what can I do to fix it?

This doesn't usually happen if we just do 3 point excerises, or even just jumping for a long time. It's the continous 2 point, with the bobbing of the trot that hurts so badly.

Thanks in advance :)

EvilHorseOfDoom 09-05-2012 07:20 PM

Oi, I'm bipolar, and I'm a really great person...half of the time! :mrgreen:

If it's a sharp pain it might be a pinched nerve or pulled/torn muscle, I'd definitely get it seen to by a doc asap to prevent any permanent damage being done.

If I haven't done 2 point in a while my lower back hurts in a more achey fatigued way if I then go and ride in it for an extended period. It does use core muscles a lot and if you're on a hard pulling horse it can be especially tough. With two point in trot, it sounds like you're holding yourself stiff and your whole body is jarring with the movement. Try absorbing the movement in your hip and knee joints, much like you would over a jump but less movement. Think about keeping your head under a ceiling and allowing the lower joints to open and close to stop you from 'hitting your head'.

Hope it helps!
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justashowmom 09-05-2012 08:29 PM

It sounds weird, but relax your back. Yes I know it's hard to tell just your back to relax - but that's it.

xJumperx 09-05-2012 09:16 PM

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Thank You both :) I will try to relax more :)

It's not really a sharp, piercing pain. It's more like a constant, sharp pain, and on top of that every step feels like a dull throb - much like a bad headache, but in my back.
I will work on the ceiling mental as well. Thanks for the info!

DancingArabian 09-05-2012 09:34 PM

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You might be arching your back instead of folding at the waist.
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freia 09-05-2012 10:39 PM


Originally Posted by DancingArabian (Post 1673117)
You might be arching your back instead of folding at the waist.
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the opposite extreme will do it too - being swaybacked. Relax. Go with the flow. But maybe see a chiropractor and take some ibu first.

Canterklutz 09-06-2012 12:02 AM

Are you riding in a different saddle?

xJumperx 09-07-2012 09:28 AM

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I do arch my back a bit - but I've always thought it was natural, and if I try to avoid it, I always seem to place lower in the showring than if I just let my back arch. I'll see if I can't find a picture ...

Nope, been riding in the same saddle for about 3 years :) It's comfy, and I think it still fits ... I'll make that picture recent so you can tell. I am saving up for a new Collegiate Laureate though, because mine is just a little cheap one. I've tried a few and found the Collegiates to fit me best, and I just love the feel of the Laureate.
I'm currently in a 17in. Silver Fox (Told you it was cheap :p)

DancingArabian 09-07-2012 09:40 AM

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You could be adjusting other parts of our position when you arch your back versus when you don't. For example your legs might be more underneath you or maybe your upper body is straighter.

Don't feel bad about your saddle! I ride in a Stunni :)
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heymckate 09-07-2012 02:45 PM

I have a similar problem with my lower back. Adjusting my position helped, as did visiting a chiropractor for about a month. He was able to adjust me and determine I was a bit out of alignment in my lumbar area.

Good luck! I know how much it sucks.

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