Horse riding can aggravate coccyx pain, but some riders have managed to adapt in order to carry on enjoying this activity.
Jenny Rogers made herself a padded wishbone-shaped cover for her saddle to allow her to ride her horse:
I designed a saddle pad, it's a wishbone shape, sort of like a bike seat with the narrow end in front and splitting off as it moves back. Your seat bones rest on the two pieces so that your sacrum and tailbone are suspended in mid-air. I found a company that designs foam cushion pads that reduce jarring and got them to cut their material according to my design (they didn't charge me for more than the original material either!). Then I got a tailor to make a strong cover (since it will be tugged on quite a bit from the riding) padded with cotton and attached with velcro straps here and there to secure it to my saddle. I can now ride up to one hour without pain. I might get a little achy towards the end, but the important thing is there is NO residual effect.
Note: Due to the number of inquiries, please note this is not a product available for sale, but a creation of the writer based on her personal situation. The writer cannot offer additional advice and in no way suggests that her solution would work for anyone else.
Donna wrote: "I found an orthopedic saddle that has a depression for the tail bone. Stubben makes it and you can read about it at stubbennorthamerica.com".
Written by Jon Miles