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    11-06-2011, 10:05 PM
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Yay for back problems

I purchased my own English saddle about 4 weeks back. It had been loved, but was still beautiful and in even better shape. I switched from Western riding to riding solely English, the transition was awesome, it was easy and such a happy time, as my baby boy was a load more responsive in English. The saddle fit both me and the horse (We had it checked.) But soon after I mastered trotting and cantering in the saddle I started jumping again (We had both done it before (I jumped bareback up to about 4 feet)) And jumping with the saddle was a cinch. But soon afterward, after my daily riding for about 2-3 hours, when I was done I noticed that my back was hurting a little bit. Not enough to make me worry, just enough to make me think that I was probably soar, because of the jumping with a saddle. Our progress was awesome, but soon, my back was getting worse, when I would land a jump, after cantering a few strides, if I moved at all in the wrong way it sent me to a hault, the pain was horrid! It got worse and worse, my whole body froze if I moved it in the wrong direction. But I was still pushing through, I refused to stop (stupid) But I only felt in certain times, never continuous, just if I moved wrong.

Today, we went on a trail ride (I in my English saddle) and we were walking till we got to a open field, we cantered around there for awhile then moved onto another field, when I cantered, the pain was wretched, it didn't stop, it just kept on throbbing as we ran. I stopped and took a deep breath, that even hurt my back. I didnt move for awhile, then tried again, the pain shot through my back like hot spikes. I gave up and settled to a dull walk the rest of the way home. Trotting, walking, cantering, sent me crouching over my horses neck to escape the pain.

So now, after today, I will not be riding English for a long while till my back heals up, I gave up. I will still ride, bareback and Western, but I just can't do English at the moment.

So, what do you think, is it the saddle? Did I pull my back and it just wont heal? When I ride bareback, walk trot and canter it doesnt hurt, just when I get in the English saddle, and canter is when I feel it most, there is where the never ending hot pain comes in. So, what does it sound like? Walking around the house, bending wrong, or anything like that of course hurts, but mostly during the canter... or if I get my trot beat messed up
     
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    11-07-2011, 02:50 AM
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Yearling
That's strange. I don't really ride english, so I don't know much about the position etc.
I hope you figure it out and your back feels better soon. (I know how horrible back pain can be.)
     
    11-09-2011, 12:45 PM
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Foal
I would strongly recommend seeing a doctor. I took a nasty spill and landed on my back on a jump last fall. The pain would come and go. Sometimes not there and sometimes enough to make me not be able to stand up straight. I waited 8 months to see a doctor and the issues with my spine had gone on for so long that the damage is now not fixable and I'll have back pain for the rest of my life. It's not worth ignoring!
     
    11-11-2011, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by GunSmoke    
I would strongly recommend seeing a doctor. I took a nasty spill and landed on my back on a jump last fall. The pain would come and go. Sometimes not there and sometimes enough to make me not be able to stand up straight. I waited 8 months to see a doctor and the issues with my spine had gone on for so long that the damage is now not fixable and I'll have back pain for the rest of my life. It's not worth ignoring!
Oh my, the bad thing is that I too cant stand up straight sometimes... The pain is just way not bearable. Seeing a doctor is up to my parents, they don't think its that bad, although they said I can't jump again till it heals. :(
     
    11-11-2011, 09:01 PM
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Foal
I went through a period of having some pretty wretched back pain from my riding which was caused by riding with my back over arched and my lower back muscles tight and not relaxed. So that could possibly be the cause? I think English tends to take more core strength to keep your back straight at the canter/while jumping than bareback.
Hope a speedy recovery to your back, back injuries/pain are the worst. :(
     
    11-11-2011, 10:53 PM
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Weanling
I have chronic back pain from a couple falls I had when I was younger so I can definitely relate. It may be that your using different muscles than you were bareback or western. You might try some stretches to help loosen up your back muscles. That helped me
     
    11-13-2011, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by BravadoThePony    
I went through a period of having some pretty wretched back pain from my riding which was caused by riding with my back over arched and my lower back muscles tight and not relaxed. So that could possibly be the cause? I think English tends to take more core strength to keep your back straight at the canter/while jumping than bareback.
Hope a speedy recovery to your back, back injuries/pain are the worst. :(
Defiantly could be a option, as when I ride my back is way tight... don't know why, but it is and I never seem to be able to relax it. And, it also is my lower back...

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Originally Posted by RiddlesDarkAngel5    
I have chronic back pain from a couple falls I had when I was younger so I can definitely relate. It may be that your using different muscles than you were bareback or western. You might try some stretches to help loosen up your back muscles. That helped me
Stretches, great idea! Like what kind though? Do they have stretches specifically for riders?
     
    11-16-2011, 12:46 AM
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Weanling
Honestly, yoga helped me the most. The stretches involved in yoga target all of the back. Makes me feel great. Also have you seen a chiropractor? Since you're experiencing throbbing pain you may have a vertebrae out...also something that really helped my riding related back pain
     
    11-16-2011, 01:20 PM
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Trained
The worst I've ever hurt my back was when I bent over and pulled my daughter's empty backpack out of the rear seat of a Toyota Celica. Something twisted a bit wrong, and I wore a back brace for 6 weeks.

My GUESS is something similar happened during your ride. I doubt the saddle is any more to blame than my Celica was. And once hurt, it will tend to get worse until rested and maybe treated.
     
    11-16-2011, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by RiddlesDarkAngel5    
Honestly, yoga helped me the most. The stretches involved in yoga target all of the back. Makes me feel great. Also have you seen a chiropractor? Since you're experiencing throbbing pain you may have a vertebrae out...also something that really helped my riding related back pain
Yoga, I never though about that, I will defiantly be starting that. No, I haven't seen a chiropractor, I honestly should be to young to be getting back problems like this... Chiropractors are just so stinking expensive...

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Originally Posted by bsms    
The worst I've ever hurt my back was when I bent over and pulled my daughter's empty backpack out of the rear seat of a Toyota Celica. Something twisted a bit wrong, and I wore a back brace for 6 weeks.

My GUESS is something similar happened during your ride. I doubt the saddle is any more to blame than my Celica was. And once hurt, it will tend to get worse until rested and maybe treated.
If it gets worse, I fear for my riding. I'v started riding again, and I just physically can't go into a two point. And, lol, Im glad the saddle isnt to blame, that's what everyone has been blaming it on As far as resting it, not possible. One week without jumping, is one week without happiness. Wow, that's a long time to have on a back brace... did you ever go riding during that period?
     

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