I went to a chiropractor when I was about 11 (around the time I started riding) due to frequent headaches, excruciating pain in my feet (I felt like they were literally being torn apart) and backache. I was told that my spine is twisted. I went to weekly sessions and gradually got to monthly. I stopped going to sessions as we thought it was no longer needed.
I have always struggled with my position in the saddle, especially with my legs and feet. I struggled with any exercise to do with moving my legs independently of each other as it would always bring on hip pain. I also cannot get my one foot to face the right way (although I tried childrens safety stirrups over the weekend and this improved drastically).
I fell of my horse in May and onto 3 poles, making my back worse and bringing the pain back. I'm sure that sitting down all day at school worsens things.
Since then, I have been using a gel pad under the saddle to absorb shock in case of any bumps. I just read that swimming helps too so I will be starting that once my tattoo heals. It doesn't hurt so much when I ride during the school year as I can only really get up once a week. I can no longer do the things that my horse loves to do like jumping and our relationship seems to be becoming compromised. I cannot sit trotting poles for fear of the price I'll pay later on, trotting is okay for short period and sitting trot kills.
I will be starting physio this week but I fear that she'll just advise me to quit riding.
Also, I have a general purpose saddle that I got nearly 6 years ago, looking at pictures, it seems that I have very little room for my bum. Could this be an important factor?
At one point, my parents were considering just selling my horse which would kill me and I convinced them not to by deciding to save and purchase a cart so that he can still get exercise. Would my money be better spent on a new saddle that fits me better? I know I would miss the feel of my horse beneath me.
Does anybody have any advice on what I could do to improve this situation? My whole life is planned out around horses.