Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
I have 2 crushed discs in my lower back, it causes sciatica. When I ride I am in pain, the level of pain depends entirely on how wide the horse is and how long I have been in the saddle. Strangely I find that wider horses are easier to ride/ cause less pain.
There is no cure for mine as discs do not regenerate so I have continued to ride anyway.
I would suggest that you get a very good lumbar support belt. That if at all possible you avoid heavy or repetative lifting (so feed sacks, hay bales and lots of mucking out). If you must lift then use your knees not your upper body.
Finaly when riding, keep it short and sweet. If your back realy hurts you will have to stop and take a break. I have ignored severe pain and kept on riding because I was in a show, I spent nearly 2 hrs on the horse for one class and actualy had to have a big burley guy lift me off the horse because I couldnt physically do it myself (thankfully I was only riding a 14.2hh pony and not a 16hh pony).
If you get shooting pains down your legs like I do then you need to come back to a walk or a halt and take your foot out of the stirup, lift your knee upwards and rotate it outwards away from your hip. Then lower it and put it back in the stirrup repeat untill the pain settles, this exercise should hopefully (if preformed correctly) release the sciatic nerve from what ever is trapping it.
I personaly would avoid jumping if at all possible, there is a higher risk of falling off when jumping. Work on your horses flat work instead as flat work will always help your jumping.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT