Health

Riding with Back Pain

Back injuries don’t have to mean the end of your riding career. A few adjustments can make riding much more comfortable.

Riding with back pain can be very difficult and discouraging. There are several things that can be done to make riding easier even with a certain amount of back pain. The first thing to do is to visit your doctor or chiropractor who may be able to help with the pain and make sure that there is nothing going on that requires surgery.

Don’t try to mount from the Ground

Getting on a horse from the ground really strains your back muscles. Instead use a mounting block to get on and off your horse. This will also help you avoid hurting your horses back and damaging your saddle, both of which can happen when you are getting on from the ground. If you don’t already have a mounting block they can easily be purchased from a tack store or built. If you opt to build a mounting block make sure it is tall enough that you can get on and off your horse easily and that it is very sturdy.

Ride in a comfortable well-fitted saddle

One of the issues that many English riders ride in saddles that are too small for them and so they do not get enough support while they are riding. If you try riding in a saddle that is not comfortable you are far more likely to contort your body to make up for it which can cause or add to a bad back. If you ride in a saddle that is old it is possible that the tree will have become warped and can cause you to ride unevenly. If you decide to get a new saddle try riding in a friend’s saddle to find a type and size you like and then buy one from a tack shop so that you can try it out first.

Ride a comfortable Horse

It is a fact that some horses have more comfortable gaits than other horses. If you do not already have a horse try to find one that’s gaits are easy to ride through. If you aren’t planning to compete or show the horse then you have a wider variety of choices. If you are planning to show you are probably looking for a fancier horse but it is still possible to find one that is comfortable to ride.

Don’t give up on riding before trying these strategies. If you can continue riding it is likely that it will help to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles and aid in dealing with your back pain.