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 cant 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