Ok some know me here as the know nothing guy with lots of useless opinions (which is true)! But I have recently been getting peer pressured in to riding. Not just any riding, dressage riding. I appreciate the balance, strength and precision required in order to be a proper dressage rider and im all about technical precision!
So theres this guy (yes guy) that keeps pushing me to ride because he hates being the only guy rider. My plan from observations of others and cinnyswhinny is to learn to ride correctly first and foremost by a well qualified dressage trainer. My guy friend (that sounded gay) had an awesome trainer in my opinion (he rides very well) and I am going to try and set something up with the trainer soon.
So I jump on our horse Cinny thinking "no problem! Just turn a couple laps and hop off". Well cinnyswhinny tells me I have to ride bareback with no sturrups! My feet are too wide for hers. I get on the horse and first thing, my left leg cramps up! I have zero core strength to balance even standing still!!!
I have lots of strength traing to do before I attempt to ride again. Im thinking Yoga or palates and ab excersizes and working my legs. After all that I will give it another shot.
I love this challenge and it had woke me up to the fact that I am out of shape! Any suggestions on what you would do first if you had to start all over again would be welcomed.