Whenever we ride horses, our biggest fear, aside from the horse running at full speed out of control, is falling and getting injured. On my vacation a local Tucson horseback riding instructor that you don’t really need to fall down to get injured when riding a horse. If you know what you are doing and you are positioning yourself properly when riding, you have nothing to worry about, but the importance of how well your posture is when riding a horse can go beyond just not looking stylish when riding around the animal.
It doesn’t matter if you are sitting standing or lying down, if you have a bad posture, it is bad for your body, more specifically your back. Now, if just being stationary in bad posture is bad, what more if you continuously experience force, a shock that causes the spine to compressing and decompressing repeatedly.
Your spine has a natural shock absorber, the cushion-like pads called disks, but when you put too much stress on this natural absorber, you may find one of them bursting one day, this is called a herniated disc, which is a very painful condition. It’s advisable to see a chiropractor if you suspect that you might have a herniated disc, though most times these injuries will heal after a few days, there are cases when a surgical procedure is needed to fix the problem.
This is why proper riding techniques and the basics are necessary in order to keep you from harming yourself. If you are already knowledgeable about riding, but have trouble with your posture, you may ask an instructor to help you with a few basic lessons. After which, you only need to practice the proper posture properly, and after a few days of consistently well posed riding you will just get used to it and it will become second nature.
In the event of such an injury though, you must immediately call for assistance as the pain is incredibly debilitating, so much so that you may fall from your mount and worsen the injury. If you have a history of back injury, we suggest that you notify your doctor of your intent to ride horses. If your physician allows you to ride, as a precaution we urge you to always have a buddy with you to make sure that you are far from any danger.
If you allow yourself to practice the basics and good posture properly, you will be able to develop a stronger back, keeping you from the possibility of injury through resistance and a sturdier body. Your safety should be your first concern when learning new things, as there are dangers that may lie in what would seem to be a relatively harmless activity or habit. It is essential to learn the basics of whatever new skill you are exploring, not just for you to have a better foundation and skill, but to know the safety precautions necessary to avoid injury and accidents, if the instructor were repeat a few safety reminders, listen even if you already know them.