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post #1 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Twisted Spine

I have a twisted spine, I have had it for at least 9 years now although, I am beginning to suspect that it is genetic. My hips aren't level, one leg is longer than the other and one should is higher than the other, also, the arches on my feet aren't right.

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.

Thank you,
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-22-2013, 07:47 PM
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Seek out an Osteopath. Imo, all riders should have one in their back pocket. You cannot address structure with addressing soft tissue, nor soft tissue without structure. An Osteo is an entirely different creature than either a chiro, physio, or massage therapist. Can't say enough about how it's changed my life.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-23-2013, 10:41 AM
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I had major issues with my lower back, hips and feet. I rode one stirrup hole shorter on my right leg, when sitting straight, my pelvis was pulled up on one side. Cant tell you what a difference my massage therapist made. chiro made no difference for me, because it was muscles that were pulling everything out of alignment. Good insoles in my shoes got rid of the issues I was having with the arches of my feet. I now ride with equal stirrup length, and the back and hip pain is rare.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 11:53 PM
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I'm with you, there are VERY few instances, none that I can even think of at the moment, where I would allow a doctor to tell me that I can no longer ride. That's a really good thing for a doctor to tell me if they want me to seek a second opinion!

In regards to wanting to drive him if it does turn out that you can't ride anymore, is he trained for it or do you know of a trainer who can help you? Just thinking safety-wise since driving is a completely different animal. Still lots of fun, just a different skill set for the horse is all.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-28-2013, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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I have been teaching him to pull standards and go-karts, things like that until I find a cart and then my dads friend will help. I think Danny will take to it really well, he takes every new thing well. I could have jumped him on first day with a bitless bridle.

My physio said the chiropractor must have worded what ever is wrong with my back badly, the vertebrae at the curve of my back are slightly extended, my upper back is really tight. She said she couldn't feel anything out of place. She may be arranging an x ray to get a better idea of what's going on.

I'm sorry for taking so long to answer, I've been really quite busy.
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