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    11-16-2011, 07:20 PM
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Trained
I didn't ride horses when I hurt my back in the Celica.

As a long-time runner (40 years), sometimes you need to listen to your body and back off for a little while. Otherwise, you may aggravate things until you have to spend far longer in recovery - or not at all. If my knees start to get tender, I can quit for a few days & get some new shoes, or I can press on. If I choose Door #2, I may hurt myself enough to need weeks. And I've known runners who had to quit for months because they didn't listen when the pain was milder. In fact, I've known several who can no longer run at all...age brings out damage sometimes from years earlier.

Better a week or 6 without happiness, than messing up something that will never recover...
     
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    11-17-2011, 08:19 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by bsms    
I didn't ride horses when I hurt my back in the Celica.

As a long-time runner (40 years), sometimes you need to listen to your body and back off for a little while. Otherwise, you may aggravate things until you have to spend far longer in recovery - or not at all. If my knees start to get tender, I can quit for a few days & get some new shoes, or I can press on. If I choose Door #2, I may hurt myself enough to need weeks. And I've known runners who had to quit for months because they didn't listen when the pain was milder. In fact, I've known several who can no longer run at all...age brings out damage sometimes from years earlier.

Better a week or 6 without happiness, than messing up something that will never recover...
*Sigh* yes, I agree... But I think my back might be getting better! As long as I don't do any out of normal moves
     
    12-15-2011, 02:06 AM
  #13
Green Broke
I HAVE had back pain due to the way a saddle sits me on the horse.

It first started when I bought a flex-tree saddle. Loved the saddle, but it killed my back. It got worse and worse and worse until finally I couldn't ride in it anymore and I had to get shots in my back. (I did not want to give up on that saddle).

Ever since then I am really susceptable to posture induced back pain while riding. If a saddle is a tad too wide for the horse or otherwise forces me to lean back, even minutely, then my back will flare up again. Instead of fighting it, I now realize that if a saddle hurts my back it's better to just sell the saddle then try to make it work. Luckily I have a great saddle right now that never hurts my back. But man, some saddles will just not work for me anymore. It seems to me that if the saddle slopes even slightly downhill on the horse, forcing me to compensate by leaning back ever so slightly, it is the kiss of death for my back.

So yes, I believe a saddle can cause back pain. It may not be the saddle's fault, but if you already have back problems then the posture of the saddle can cause pain, at least in my case.

I ride western by the way.
     
    12-15-2011, 05:13 AM
  #14
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by bsms    
Better a week or 6 without happiness, than messing up something that will never recover...
This is very important.
Your back is not something to mess with.
About 10years ago a rider in Dusseldorf (about 10 mins from here) got thrown off her horse on the trails, she got back on, back niggled a bit and ten minutes later she was dead- spine shot up in to her brain. Not saying this is what you have, but you can't mess around with your back at all!

Get to the docs, they'll prescribe you some thing, especialy if its effecting you this badly...
     
    12-15-2011, 05:32 PM
  #15
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https://www.ecogold.ca/product_info....iilq6bcjfsqpr6

And yoga/generally staying fit and lifting weights.

I looove my Back on Track and I notice a huge difference when using the Ecogold secure products, compared to a "normal" saddle pad, or even other memory foam products in how it affects my back.

It is easy to wrench your back out (I've done it - luckily only once) and then re aggravate it with over use. I find that if I'm doing more than I'm used to (ie riding multiple horses a day or walking around on concrete all day) then my back gets sore and so I have memory foam slippers (<3) and my back on track. I find that I can ride tons more if I'm using ecogold secure pads on all the horses as well.

Good luck!!
     

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