I focus on the well-being of the horse, but there are a few places on the human body that receive a ton (or about 1200 lbs. of horse to be more precise!) of stress, especially when galloping cross country. Almost every rider I see has spasms of some degree in the upper back and shoulders. The lower back also takes a beating from maintaining a forward, crouched position galloping over uneven terrain. The groin area is stressed in each phase of eventing. Add a few falls, broken bones, sprains, and bruises to the mix and you have a body in pain. Keep an eye out for posts where I will go into more detail about each area of stress, and what you can do about them.
Madison Hogan and King’s Crossing competing at Intermediate: