Archive for the ‘Riding injuries’ Category

Solihull Horse Riding Injuries treated at Atlas Pain Relief Centre

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Advice on preventing unwanted injuries when looking after horses from our resident Solihull Equine Osteopath at Atlas Pain Relief Centre in Birmingham.

When you think of injuries associated with horse riding most people would think of traumatic incidents such as fractures resulting from a fall, indeed studies of common riding injuries have shown that the areas of the body most commonly injured are the upper extremities and the head and neck, with fractures, sprains, whiplash and head injuries being the most common types of injuries. Back pain is another symptom experienced when looking after horses.

 These types of injuries are widely accepted in the equine world as just part of the sport and indeed if your beloved nag has decided today is the day to send you on a flying lesson then there is little you can do except brace yourself,  prepare for landing and hope nothing hurts too much once you’ve bit the dust!

 What people don’t think of is the stress and strain they put their bodies through doing all the daily tasks involved in owning and caring for their horse. The two 5ltr buckets of water you dragged across the yard, the wheelbarrow which felt like half a tonne that you had to push for half a mile to the muck heap, all that lifting and carrying of shavings bales/hay bales/feed bags etc etc, ever considered what that might be doing to your body and the way you ride?

So much of what we do with horses is so very one sided, mucking out, sweeping the yard, carrying buckets, next time you are doing those daily chores have a think about which side you do everything on – bet you it’s all one sided and probably on your right. This is going to lead to greater muscle development in some areas of the body more than others, that coupled with old injuries that most riders carry is likely to lead to crookedness in your posture.

 This maybe something you are already aware of, perhaps something your instructor has mentioned, maybe you can never get your stirrups quite right. Having a crooked posture whilst riding is not something that it is purely aesthetically displeasing it will affect the way your horse reacts to your aids and how supple he is to ride.

If you think of a seesaw, in order for that seesaw to sit level the weight has to be equal at both ends, this is the equivalent of a rider sat with a straight spine and an even weight distribution being transmitted down the seat bones, through the saddle to the horses back.

Now if we add weight to one side of the seesaw it will tip to the heavier side, this is the same as when a rider with a straight spine wants to turn whilst riding, they will look and turn their body towards the direction of travel thus putting more weight through the seat bone on the side of the direction of turn, giving an aid for the turn to the horse. 

 In the rider that sits with a crooked spine the weight distribution becomes uneven so instead of the weight being evenly distributed through both seat bones the riders weight will constantly be transmitted with more weight down one side as in the aid for a turn. Let’s consider that the rider sits in a crooked position where more weight is constantly transmitted through the left hand side, in order for this rider to ride a left hand circle it should be relatively easy as their weight is already predominately on the left, however when it comes to riding a right turn the rider will find it much harder.

 Going back to the seesaw analogy if the seesaw is tipped to the left it will need twice as much weight on the right hand side in order to get it to swing back to the right. Thus a rider who is sitting with most of their weight being transmitted through the left seat bone, due to a crooked posture, will find it much harder to work their horse in a right bend. So if your horse has always been stiffer to work on one rein despite having had his back, teeth, tack, feet and everything else you can think of checked, maybe, it’s time to get yourself checked out?!

Visit www.solihullosteopath.co.uk for advice and an appointment

 or telephone 0121 745 8792

Solihull Riding Injuries treated by Female Solihull Osteopath

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Solihull Riders can be treated by Female Osteopath

Solihull osteopath Sandra Blampied has a degree in Equine Science and brings her horse riding expertise to Solihull Birmingham with a view to support Solihull Riding School and all the local riders in the Solihull area.

Visit the website www.solihullosteopath.co.uk to see how Solihull Osteopaths can help your riding technique and riding posture.

Sandra is pictured competing on her own horse and understands horse riding injuries.  As an Osteopath she can treat back related problems and poor posture. 

Contact the clinic on 0121 745 8792

Solihull Osteopath treats Horse Riding Injuries in Birmingham

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Solihull Osteopath Sandra Bampied has been recruited by Atlas Pain Relief Centre for her expertise in the world of horse riding,  riding falls and injuries.   Sandra intends to support horse and riders from the Solihull Riding School.

Trained in equine science the Solihull Osteopath will help injured riders back into hacking and competing and provide riding tips and advice to Solihull riders.  

The Solihull Clinic in Hall Green is within easy access to Solihull Riding School and provides valuable support for stable staff and owners of horses.

Solihull Osteopath

Solihull Horse Riding Injury Osteopath

“Sandra Blampied is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and the British Osteopathic Association having trained as an Osteopath at Oxford Brookes University. 

Prior to training as an Osteopath Sandra completed a degree in Equine Science at the renowned Hartpury College before going on to work at the colleges own Equine Veterinary and Therapy Centre.

During her time working at Hartpury’s Therapy Centre she was involved in the rehabilitation and management of all kinds of injuries and performance issues in both horse and rider, developing a keen interest in the treatment of the rider – something which is often overlooked in the equine world

Sandra is herself an accomplished rider having previously competed regularly at elementary level dressage and the occasional hunter trial. 

Since selling her own horse Sandra is now more likely to be spotted out on her mountain bike and is often involved in the crazy world of 24hr mountain bike racing at events such as Mountain Mayhem and the Bontrager Twentyfour12.”

To book an appointment for a riding injury or postural advice telephone 0121 745 8792 or visit www.solihullosteopath.co.uk