Lower Back Pain - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 09-07-2011, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
Lower Back Pain

I am pretty sure this started with when I started to Canter. The first time I ever cantered I bounced in the seat and smacked right down HARD. I have felt my back pretty tense since then and achy after I ride each time (once or twice a week). Ive tried using a back brace (that my boyfriend told me to use) and it worked great while riding! I didnt canter that lesson because of my back but I didnt know if it would be okay to use while cantering? It improves my posture while I post trot and I love it (but do not want to rely on it). Espcially with my movements during cantering I didnt want it to make me more stiff and have trouble cantering? Does anyone have any advice on this? When I excersise between lessons my back "loosens up" a bit, but sometimes is still achy.
loveforhorses is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 09-07-2011, 12:48 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 4,336
• Horses: 2
I'd use the backbrace, just remember to keep relaxed.
I get back back aches after riding for long hours, though i've never had an issue at the canter.
Also, there are execises to try before getting in the saddle that limber you up. I read them in a Horse-Canada magazine, but you'd probably be able to find some on the internet.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
lilruffian is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 09-07-2011, 02:43 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Weaverville NC
Posts: 695
• Horses: 1
How long has the pain been going on?


Horses lend us the wings we lack.
Calmwaters is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 09-07-2011, 11:49 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
Stirrupless riding on the lunge at the walk will help you learn to relax your lower back. or, I will have a rider get on bareback with only a halter and lead and touching the lead is taboo. The horse is encouraged to meander wherever it wishes. The lead is only to turn the horse if it gets glued to a corner. The rider learns to relax the lower back. I then put a set of reins on the halter and as soon as the rider takes hold of them, I see the tension come into the rider's back and the horse's head invariably lifts. If you are slamming down in the saddle your legs are full of tension which doesn't allow the 3 joints to act as shock absorbers.
Saddlebag is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 09-08-2011, 12:01 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 39,243
• Horses: 2
my back will hurt if I do a lot of canter work. If I canter more than about 10 minutes, the next day it hurts a bit, but only for a day. One needs to have good, strong core muscles. you need to excersize in between riding, like yoga. I need to take my own advice becuse I quit going to yoga and I sure can tell how weak my core has become!
tinyliny is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 09-30-2011, 12:29 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
Posts: 1,130
• Horses: 0
I went riding myself today, and I never understood why AFTERWARDS I would be so sore... until I did a bunch of posting work mixed with cantering...

By the time I was done, I was clenching my teeth with how sore and knotted my lower back was. My worries are, considering I have back pain outside of riding, is that the cartiledge in my spine is wearing. So, sometime in the future a chiropractor might be a good deal for me, I think.

But the pain is annoying, I must say.
Deschutes is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 09-30-2011, 12:48 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: AZ
Posts: 4,840
• Horses: 2
If you get a chance, try riding a gaited horse-I love them, but I like trotting & posting, too, so I always try to have a "regular" horse, also.
Cacowgirl is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 09-30-2011, 02:25 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
Posts: 1,130
• Horses: 0
I think we have a gaited horse...

But his walk is a bit funky, cuz he's got a limp to him, which won't go away. He was a rescue horse, so we're not entirely sure what happened to him to have him be so... gimpy.
Deschutes 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
Lower back ache after riding Farleyv Rider Wellness 5 06-16-2011 04:38 PM
Helping Lower Back Pain TheEquestrianAthleteCoach Rider Wellness 0 05-16-2011 03:52 PM
Is lower back pain and riding connected? horsea Horse Riding 12 12-20-2010 03:07 PM
Exercises to Relax Lower Back Spastic_Dove Dressage 13 11-13-2010 06:07 PM
Hunter Jumpers: Arch in the Lower Back? Cupcake English Riding 28 07-09-2010 10:28 AM

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