The Rider's Pain-Free Back: Overcome Chronic Soreness, Injury, and Aging, and Stay in the Saddle for Years to Come

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Explaining the impact of horseback riding on the human back in easy-to-understand terms, this guide illustrates how various movements in the saddle affect a rider's back and outlines straightforward steps that can be taken immediately to help keep riders ready to saddle up. Too many riders suffer from back injury, stress, or strain and consequently experience pain when in the saddle or are unable to ride at all. This indispensable guide has step-by-step exercises for strengthening the body for riding, guidance on...

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The Rider's Pain-Free Back: Overcome Chronic Soreness, Injury and Aging, and Stay in the Saddle for Years to Come

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Overview

Explaining the impact of horseback riding on the human back in easy-to-understand terms, this guide illustrates how various movements in the saddle affect a rider's back and outlines straightforward steps that can be taken immediately to help keep riders ready to saddle up. Too many riders suffer from back injury, stress, or strain and consequently experience pain when in the saddle or are unable to ride at all. This indispensable guide has step-by-step exercises for strengthening the body for riding, guidance on horse selection and tack selection, and tips on which horse sports are appropriate for riders with various back problems. Traditional and alternative treatments for back pain are also discussed, as are the special considerations of pregnant and elderly riders.

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"Practical information & exercises show riders how to prevent back problems before they have a chance to unseat you."  —Gaitpost

"All the practical information you need to understand the diagnosis and treatment of back pain, whether caused by equestrian pursuits, outside activities, illness or heredity."  —Northwest Rider Magazine

"If you have chronic or acute back pain and are trying to return to the saddle, Warson offers information that'll keep riding a part of your life for a long time."  —Horse & Rider

"From basic anatomy and a thorough explanation of different back problems to a discussion of the physics involved in riding and how they affect a rider's back, Warson paints a clear picture of the stress and strain a spine endures . . . No matter what discipline you ride, this book will help you became stronger and more comfortable. You wouldn't let your horse suffer with aches and pain in his back, so why should you?"  —Chronicle of the Horse

Chronicle of the Horse
From basic anatomy and a thorough explanation of different back problems to a discussion of the physics involved in riding and how they affect a rider's back, Warson paints a clear picture of the stress and strain a spine endures . . . No matter what discipline you ride, this book will help you became stronger and more comfortable. You wouldn't let your horse suffer with aches and pain in his back, so why should you?
Gaitpost
Practical information & exercises show riders how to prevent back problems before they have a chance to unseat you.
Horse & Rider
If you have chronic or acute back pain and are trying to return to the saddle, Warson offers information that'll keep riding a part of your life for a long time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570763717
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,483,808
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author


James Warson, MD, founder of the Front Range Brain and Spine Surgery center, specializes in equine-related spinal injuries and has presented his findings to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Neurosurgical Society of America. He is a frequent contributor to Discovery.com. He lives in Kamuela, Hawaii. Ami Hendrickson is an author and screenwriter who specializes in teaching workshops on writing and communication skills. She is the coauthor of Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship, Equitation, Geoff Teall on Riding Hunters, and Jumpers. She lives in Coloma, Michigan. 
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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended for Riders of all disciplines

    This is a five star book. I've ridden for 20 years and overnight my riding has come to an end when I herniated my L5-S1 disk in my back. After 7 weeks of PT, 2 Cortisone shots I finally had back surgery which I wish I had week 1. I have not ridden my both horses now for 4 months. I've been so depressed I would never ride again. Then I saw this book. This book has given me my confidence back and is preparing me mentally to return to riding in 6 weeks. The numerous tips, from how to saddle differently, the exercises, the illustrations, by the way every discipline is shown, what muscle groups are triggered and used when you ride during different activities. You can strengthen the muscles you need most for your favorite horse activity. I will change 30 things I do for my back because of this book and as stated above I've ridden for 20 years. I will also do the quick stretching exercises he recommends before and after along with drinking the glass of wine! I owe so much to this Doctor and writing this I have tears in my eyes as I know he will give me my lifestyle back in a few weeks that I so treasure and love. This book is for all men and women who want to keep a healthly back for you and your horse and stay in the saddle for years to come. I guarantee if you are a true rider you will learn something or get a tip you don't use. The information is invaluable and shame on whoever gave it a one star rating as obviously they don't ride and see the value of this information. The book is well written, the advise solid, the pictures show you exactly what he is telling you as well as relating back to the laws of physics and motion in layman's terms. Buy this book if you ride horses at all.

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