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    Whenever I lean more in a forward position versus an upright position I start to get this pain in my back. It isnt right when I start riding its usually after a couple laps of posting trot or two pointed canter. Its hard to describe what it feels like but it causes me to have not so great position. My whole lower back becomes very stiff. This is a recent thing and im not sure why it started happening. Do you have any ideas for stretches or things I could put on my back to make it stop? TIA!
    Originally posted by SillyHorse
    Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears George Morris pajamas.
    This pretty much sums up everything!

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    Do ab exercises at home to strengthen your core.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Credosporthorses View Post
      Do ab exercises at home to strengthen your core.
      Agreed! Your core muscles are weak, try pilates or yoga.

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        Oh gosh I always fall over whenever I do yoga, I don't have the balance for it
        Originally posted by SillyHorse
        Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears George Morris pajamas.
        This pretty much sums up everything!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by skittlespony View Post
          Oh gosh I always fall over whenever I do yoga, I don't have the balance for it
          There is a lot more to yoga than standing balance exercises, although it is worth saying that if your core muscles are weak, balance exercises will be harder.

          Here is a little intro to Pilates matwork. Probably you will find a much better resource in a book, but this gives you an idea of what it is about - basically just simple exercises to strengthen your core. (Just scroll down through this link and you'll see some pictures too. It's one of those stupid about.com sites so it has tons of ads interspersed with the information.)

          http://pilates.about.com/od/pilatesm...rExercises.htm

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          • #6
            Core exercises, plus how far forward are you? If you are too far forward and out of balance this will also cause strain on your lower back? Does you horse also tank you around or yank on the reins? If you have a video of you both that maybe would help us see what the problem is.
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            • #7
              Yoga, yoga, yoga. Also try finding a good chiropractor.
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              • #8
                Definitely strengthen your core- sounds like you're over-relying on your back muscles. Stretching out before you ride may help you as well, if the issue is that your back muscles are tight. My favorite stretch to loosen up my lower back is to sit on the floor with legs spread in a V, bend at the waist, and reach forward as far as I can with both arms.
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                  Originally posted by eclipse View Post
                  Core exercises, plus how far forward are you? If you are too far forward and out of balance this will also cause strain on your lower back? Does you horse also tank you around or yank on the reins? If you have a video of you both that maybe would help us see what the problem is.
                  I'll see if I can get a video. The problem started after I had a bad fall. The horse crow hopped a huge distance sideways and I fell off. All the force went to my back, I wasn't able to do physical activity for a couple days. My first couple rides back from the fall It hurt every time I posted except back than it was a shooting pain. I went to the doctor for an x-ray back then and they checked it out, but didn't find anything. For a while after it has been under control and it didn't bug me.

                  Before though I was riding equitation horses so I was sitting pretty straight up. Recently I have been riding a hunter though so I need to stay more with the motion. This is when it has really started bugging me. The littlest bit of tilt towards the motion is okay but after a couple laps of posting trot or two pointed canter it starts to get really sore, almost like a mild version of the shooting pain I was getting before but it's not shooting. It sort of makes me feel a bit limp in the saddle instead of holding myself up. I try to hold my position through it but the more I push the more I want to collapse (I would never collapse though I'm not that weak).
                  Originally posted by SillyHorse
                  Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears George Morris pajamas.
                  This pretty much sums up everything!

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                  • #10
                    Besides your core strength, you are probably standing on your toes as opposed to letting the weight down thru your heels properly. Then you tend to lean forward and put all the weght of your upper body on your lower back. There is a reason for that line from ear thru hip to heel-it protects your back.

                    Ask your parents about getting that GOOD chiropractor too, they can adjust you plus give you some excercises specifically to get that strain off your lower back and into your heels where it is much better supported.

                    BTW, just because a heel is flexed down does not mean it is bearing the weight and vice versa. Some people can flex the heels down without putting any weight in them and some ride with almost a level heel that is taking the weight.
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                    • #11
                      Try going slower and balance in the stirrups, then speed up. If you loose your balance, start over at a slow but balance position. I wouldn't be surprized if your horse is running out from under you if you are not balanced at lower speeds.

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                        Originally posted by Eggplant_Dressing View Post
                        Try going slower and balance in the stirrups, then speed up. If you loose your balance, start over at a slow but balance position. I wouldn't be surprized if your horse is running out from under you if you are not balanced at lower speeds.
                        I'm not really sure this is mostly about balance, I never had any issues before that fall. For some reason I think that fall impacted how my back works. If I sit up straight than I don't have the issue so much. It's weird to describe the feeling I get when it happens though.
                        Originally posted by SillyHorse
                        Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears George Morris pajamas.
                        This pretty much sums up everything!

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                        • #13
                          You knocked your spine out of whack or dinged some of the muscles that may still be cramping when stressed. It happens to riders. Alot. That can be fixed and you can get stronger, stretch and work on balance so it does not happen again.

                          It's harder when you don't have access to a horse every day but there are alot of things like these you can do off the horse that will help-most don't cost anything.

                          It will take some time and effort.
                          When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                          The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                          • #14
                            If this just started after the fall, it's an issue that should be looked by a certified, experienced chiropractor.

                            It's WORTH IT!!!! My chiro rode as a child and teen and so understands the specifics of what it takes and what types of injuries are common.

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                              Originally posted by Jumpthemoon16 View Post
                              If this just started after the fall, it's an issue that should be looked by a certified, experienced chiropractor.

                              It's WORTH IT!!!! My chiro rode as a child and teen and so understands the specifics of what it takes and what types of injuries are common.
                              Thanks! I probably should get it re-checked out since it is causing me issues. And i'll get a chiro on it like you suggested as well
                              Originally posted by SillyHorse
                              Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears George Morris pajamas.
                              This pretty much sums up everything!

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                              • #16
                                A good chiro is a great help! I would see your doctor again first, to rule out a more serious injury, then ask your doctor to recommend a good chiro. Not all chiropractors are cewated equal, so a good rec. from your doctor should help you find a good one!

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                                • #17
                                  Thirding or fourthing or whatever the chiro. I broke down and got an adjustment about a month ago and it was amazing. My back would sometimes hurt when I first did two-point or just rode some horses. Sometimes it was bad enough that I'd take a break and walk for a few minutes and then it would be OK. In the last month my back hurt a bit during one ride but it went away after a few minutes without having to take a break. In addition, when I get up in the morning even if my back feels a bit tired or out of whack in bed, it doesn't bother me at all once I get up. I feel taller. And straighter. My trainer says I am riding better.

                                  OK. Enough. I feel like a person who found religion or something and needs to convert everyone.
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                                  • #18
                                    does not have to be a chiro. I worked with a physical therapist who does myofascial release after a bad fall that knocked my spine out of whack. she was amazing!!! and it was very gentle. after the PT, I did Pilates (special class for back rehab at first, then I graduated to "real" Pilates).

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