Hurt my tailbone - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Western US
Posts: 373
• Horses: 1
Hurt my tailbone

So yesterday I fell off during a local gymkhana . At the time, no big deal. I hopped back on, and although I felt a little sore, rode out the rest of the day.
But several hours later, when it was time to head home, I really started feeling it. I had trouble getting in and out of my car. By the time I got home I couldn't really bend over at all, could barely walk, and had trouble sitting at all.
All the pain was right at my tailbone area.

I slept on and off for the night and this morning (frequently waking in pain), but by now I can bend about halfway down, and have no pain in just walking around, standing, or laying on my side or stomach. So a lot of improvement. It does still hurt to sit on a chair (the toilet is ok, since there's no pressure on the tailbone and bending is ok now ).
I have my computer set up on a counter so I can stand up to use it.

So I'm just sort of curious, is this worth a trip to the doctor, or is this likely something that'll just go away in a few days? How do I tell the difference? It has been a vast improvement in just one day.

And how do I make sure I'm ready for a 10 mile trail ride scheduled for next weekend?

Anyone else have any experience with tailbone pain after falling, and how you managed it and got back riding again?

(Yeah, the slightest thing wrong with my baby and I call the vet, but when it comes to me, I try to avoid doctors at all costs )
Shenandoah is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 08:42 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Texas
Posts: 914
• Horses: 0
Tylenol and ice packs help with the pain. There is nothing that can be done at the doctor's for a fractured tail bone, or in other words, they can't fix it as they would a fractured arm or leg.
I fractured my tail bone slipping on a tile floor once and the pain lasted about 7 months. I wasn't riding at the time. Another time I was riding a lease horse who spooked and dumped me and I thought it was another fracture, but turned out to be soft tissue damage in the tailbone area. Hurt just as bad. That took about 4 months to heal.
As for the trail ride, Tylenol can help if you take it continuously as directed. It's hard to say, as people have different levels of pain tolerance. Mine is high...
outnabout is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 08:44 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 3,823
• Horses: 3
I have, but I have no advice for you about going to see a doctor because I didn't. I was working a horse bareback when I heard a crack and my tail bone suddenly really hurt. I couldn't move very well, let alone bend over. I went home and for the next three days my tailbone hurt. Each day it hurt less. I was fine to ride about a week later.

"And somewhere in the northwoods darkness a creature walks upright. And the best advice you may ever get is: Don't go out at night..."
tempest is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 09-18-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Western US
Posts: 373
• Horses: 1
Thanks all. So it sounds like there isn't much a doctor can do anyway? (Other than, I suppose, give stronger pain meds if I wanted them, which I don't particularly since the pain is manageable right now by just not sitting.)

I guess I'll just take it one day at a time, and see how I'm doing next weekend.

Fortunately, my boss is being very flexible and letting me work from home, where I can stay standing at the counter. There's no way I could sit in a chair in front of the computer for 8-9 hours/day right now!
Shenandoah is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 12:10 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 41,062
• Horses: 2
I hurt my tailbone badly falling at skiing on hard snow (ice, really). It took 7 or 8 months to heal! might have been broken, but i never went to doc.

take some anti imflammatories, such as Aleve or Ibuprofin. Tylenol has not antiimfflamtory properties.
tinyliny is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 05:18 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 1,412
• Horses: 1
I have tailbone issues as well. Mine went away soon enough and I continued riding. I went to a doctor about a year and a half later, but they only said what it could be, not how to fix it etc. So I just kept riding, and put up with the pain.

From the sounds of it, you have damaged the soft tissue. Is there a naturopath you can see? I went to one recently and it has helped immensely. I would get it checked out though. There could be more damage then just soft tissue damage, and even though there is nothing the doctors can do, it would be better to know.

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky

Last edited by PumpkinzMyBaby22; 09-19-2011 at 05:22 AM.
PumpkinzMyBaby22 is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 03:20 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 209
• Horses: 1
I also damaged my tailbone ,twice.

once when I was a baby and I fractured it, and again when I was 14 (i went down a slide on my bike and wasn't able to get up on the seat and ended up riding down on the bar and the bump when my bike dropped off the slide made the bar jame right up in my tailbone. i had to walk my bike home)

you have to remember that your tailbone IS a part of your spine! and can cause all sorts of back issues.

i remember trying to bend over and feeling like a rope was attached to my tailbone all way up my spine to my neck! it was that sore to bend over!

I would get an xray if it doesn't feel better. and keep taking anti-inflammatorys.

every now and then my tailbone still hurts when i bend over or doing something to annoy it.
Royal Pine Buck is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Western US
Posts: 373
• Horses: 1
Today I got out and about a little. It hurt to drive, and get out of the car, but once I was up moving around I was ok. My boy got a long grooming, since that was all I could do with him. Oh, and I had the foresight to start clicker-training him to lift his feet on command a few days ago, so that also helped - since I can't bend over! LOL.

I got a cushion with a cutout at the Healthy Back Store, and that helps me to sit, although it's still pretty painful to stand up again after sitting.

I had a nap this afternoon, and now it's even feeling a little better. So maybe things will be ok if I just take it easy a few days.

If it's still bad in a few days, I think I will go see the doctor, as I could at least get a note for a little time off work for recovery if sitting continues to aggravate it.
Shenandoah is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 09-19-2011, 08:07 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alabama,USA
Posts: 3,909
• Horses: 1
I had three falls, each once week apart, where I landed on my tail bone.

It was definitely painful, but it went away with a few weeks rest.
Posted via Mobile Device
Sunny is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 09-21-2011, 04:27 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Slovenia
Posts: 356
• Horses: 1
I hurt my tailbone when I fell while skiing some 7 years ago. The worst pain went away in a few months but it never went away completely. I don't have problems sitting unless I'm sitting in the same possition for a long time (a slight movement after 15 minutes of sitting without a single shift of my body feels like knives stabbing in my back, though luckily it doesn't happen very often because I tend to wiggle myself all the time). I guess I probably had it broken or chipped and it grew together incorrectly. I remember my first few rides after the accident, every step the horse took fell like a lightning going through my arse lol Today I have no problems riding, as I said, the problem is only if I sit in the same possition for a long time and then try to for example stand up. Or actually... now that I think about, I guess a bit of a dull pain is still there, I just got used to it and only really consider the sharp stabbing pain I sometimes feel. It is kind of limiting in some ways (it was HORRIBLE at school) however I know if I could take the time back, I wouldn't go to the doctor anyway...
mumiinek is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Curling/curving tailbone? DressageIsToDance Horse Health 0 09-14-2011 07:24 AM
Could this hurt it? HorseOfCourse Horse Videos 15 12-26-2010 10:42 AM
What to Do With a Scaly, Dry Tailbone? anrz Horse Grooming 7 11-08-2010 06:38 PM
white crusty stuff on thoroughbreds tailbone ShadowFaxIsMyBaby Horse Health 3 03-02-2010 03:52 PM
Will This Hurt Him...? ArticDream Horse Health 9 07-25-2009 03:07 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome