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Anyone else with back issues from riding?

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I threw hay bales to get non alfalfa for my TB after an enterolith 1.5 years ago. I ruptured a disk and had to have sx.
I ride my TB mare now but very carefully . I don't race her with stable mates anymore. She is my wonderful unpredictable loving amazing - best horse I have! I don't want her ever to get hurt again. She is my friend.
She is from Seattle Slew and War Admiral. She is the most amazing kid ever. I want to breed her and want to keep her in shape. No one except me has ridden her since I pulled her from Golden Gate 9 years ago.
My back may hurt but we love going out to the hills in Castro Valley, CA. If I be in a wheelchair tomorrow - I still got to have fun with her and not to be a pussy with no memories.
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Hi, i've just joined this site and have just read your comments about riding and a back problem, I broke my back about 10 years ago and made a good recovery, i was told to exercise and strengthen the muscles in the back, at no time was i ever told not to ride again. It comes down to knowing your own body and limitations, always warm up and flex befor riding ( i'm sure you know this )sometimes its better to enjoy what we have. I tried chinese acupuncture and found it really good. Keep healthy and happy x

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I have diagnosed with a 5mm bulge in in the L5-S1 and a 6mm bulge in the L4-S1. Started getting radiating pains down left butt and down leg. Options were: Drugs - pain killers (not an option when working for the railroad), surgery, (no thanks!), live with it or try the new "IDS" Therapy. IDS is a computerized stretching machine that creates a zero gravity environment for the actual disc. It also allows the disc to rehydrate itself. I tried this and after 30 days of 3 x per week, back was much better. Riding again AND playing Racquetball which I love almost as much as horseback riding. I highly recommend IDS. Hope this helps as it worked for me.
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"No pain, no gain" when you have back issues is a good way to end up in a wheelchair!
On the other hand, strengthing the abdominals and obliques goes a very long way toward your goal of jumping.
I, too, found that my back felt better after riding. At about the same time, I noted that the flexation of many back exercises - and at least one very expensive therapy machine - are almost identical to the body motions sitting at a lope (canter)- and I'll bet you've felt it, too!
I do believe, if you get to where your legs & abs can outlast your horse at the lope, you should have no back trouble jumping.
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There is alot of good advice. I really agree with the yoga and building strong core muscles. I also understand about the love of riding and refusing to give up. Everyone has to use comman sense. And, sometimes, things in life must be modified to fit the current situation. Pushing to the point of permenent injury would not be logical to me. But, we all get to choose and we all live with the consequences of our choices.
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Great question. DId you injure your back while riding? If so you might want to check out your horses back. They mirror so much. But for your back you need to be doing yoga to firm up core muscles which will also firm upi back muscles. It pur muscles that keep that spine toned up. You may not believe me but dressage exercises will help a whole lot also. Do know a lot of jumpers out there are not to concerned about form, which does earn injureies. Don't want to keep on and on yet, I've had my own disc problems. It really hurts like a knive. How all goes well.
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I have a broken neck, a cervical fusion, a broken tail bone, a couple of bulging disks and a herniated disk. Used to ride race horses. It's not if you get hurt, it's when and how bad.
I still ride, though I gave up the race horses, I still jump and ride cross country.
The best thing that ever helped my back was Rolfing. This is deeper than massage and longer lasting than chiropractic. It realigns the facia, (hope I spelled that right) the muscles and the bones.
Check out the Rolf Institute on line to find a practitioner near you.
Really, Really helps! Good luck to you!
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Hi, I've got 5 "bad" lumber discs. I don't do any sitting trot and I keep my tail bone off the saddle when I canter. I don't see why you can't go over jumps if you stay in the jump position as much as possible.I've been told not to ride but I still do.I've altered my style of riding & I do my physio exercises to keep all the stomache and back muscles strong. I don't do too much riding. I'm happy with 2-3 hours at a time - it's better than nothing.If you stop riding you really need something to replace it or your heart will have a big hole in it.I haven't tried acupuncture, just visualization & affirmations. "My back is healed".Watch the DVD of "The Secret"... Good Luck
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Bad backs are serious, 1 have 1 also disentergrated discs lower back and when 1 ride legs go to sleep, so what do you want out of life? even light riding is better than none, it about drove me nuts to not be able to speed event any more, But the alterrnative was worse! Think about it, I am learning to think differently, and do things differently, and I still get tons of pleasure out of it in a different way.
Think positive, just let your legs go totlly numb 1 time and you will think differently.And it can still be a BALL!