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post #11 of 22 Old 01-26-2013, 01:41 PM
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Good to hear, I will have to start working on my Riders Fitness program, I got as far as buying the book
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post #12 of 22 Old 01-26-2013, 04:16 PM
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Don't you love how this stuff comes so easily and naturally to us when we are younger? I took a 3 year hiatus and it was the end of the world when I got back into riding. I could not believe how exhausting posting the trot for 10 minutes was! Lol. It was also very frustrating trying to get your body to do what your mind thinks your body can do. Remembering how my equitation "should be" and how it really is was embarrassing to say the least. It always takes time to bring those muscle groups back to life and I am glad that you have seen an improvement already :)
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post #13 of 22 Old 01-26-2013, 04:37 PM
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That is great progress. Are you leasing a horse, or just taking lessons? Riding really works your core, but it is a whole body exercise when done properly.Keep up the good work!
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post #14 of 22 Old 01-26-2013, 06:01 PM
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I can relate to all the posters, especially the OP. It seemed to me a whole different approach to riding english skills "back then". My trainer, who I've had for 3 years, is so methodical in her approach, and what I observed was so much attention to technical detail. When I first began my impression was of being so over whelmed with instruction. Really, only 2-4 things at a time can be addressed in the beginning. After a while I could keep several things going at once, which makes me feel pretty good about my learning.

I would also say, you weren't "that" out of shape. I run, lift weights, and do yoga and still found my core wasn't entirely ready for the positional demands, nor my fitness level for riding. It's very specific to riding. Now of course its a different story, as you also experienced. The one biggest thing I noticed was that after riding 4+ times a week for several weeks my muffin top disappeared. Yay!
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post #15 of 22 Old 01-26-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ha! My muffin top is alive and well, I think it is because after 3 hours at the barn, I think I am entitled to a box of crackers and chocolate covered granola bars. I think the people that own the barn think I am crazy because I am always offering to do stuff (muck, feed, turn out, break up frozen water tubs, nail fences) because 1) it is a hell of a lot more fun than the paper shuffling my paying job requires and 2) I need all the exercise I can get.

On a serious note, I am still trying to figure out if riding is just way more technical now than it used to be, or if it is a combo of instuctor + age-related comprehension reduction. I don't remember having to learn all of the keeping contact + horse on the bit + driving through their hind end + balancing/supporting their movement from the front end... in addition to breathing, posting, heels down, seat tucked in, head up, etc. etc. etc. The most important thing before was just staying on and staying out of the horse's mouth.

I am doing a combo of 2 lessons a week with a very strict dressage instructor + 2 lessons a week with a hunter/jumper instructor who only gives me a hard time about 1-2 things + 1 lease ride by myself just walking and trotting and trying to practice stuff in the books I read. I didn't really intend to be so spread out, but it is working for now. I feel like my difficult instructor keeps me on my toes about everything, the more laid back instructor gives me the opportunity to make some mistakes and do more "right brain" riding and the leasing is just a pressure free knock around. Of course this is all costing a ridiculous amount of money, but I've completely cut out clothes, shoes and skin creams that probably weren't working anyway
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post #16 of 22 Old 01-26-2013, 11:46 PM
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Wow, that is some schedule, I envy you. I do agree 'back then' in my case 25 years ago english lessons seemed a lot less technical. I remember a jumping lesson where I kind of bounced all over the place (poor horse) --I definitely did not have the basic skill set to be jumping. Instruction was minimal where I rode.

Riding is really a whole body activity and now that I'm a horse owner I can pick and choose which days I ride...some days, I'm just too sore!
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post #17 of 22 Old 01-27-2013, 01:14 AM
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Riding really does use different muscles in different ways. I just got back to riding after not riding for all of December & part of January because of the weather. This past week I have been riding 2 horses regularly, I can feel it in my legs and I have been kickboxing & working out pretty hard all winter, so just goes to show you, yes riding does work your muscles. I always feel it after not riding for awhile then getting back to it, even if it's a short hiatus. After 25 years, I imagine I would be as sore as you, if not moreso. Keep at it, won't be long and you will in riding shape again.
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post #18 of 22 Old 01-27-2013, 08:04 PM
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Sounds like you are doing awesome!! Riding horses uses muscles that you never even knew you had until they start to hurt. I started riding when I was 9, but didn't ride for a good number of years and I was winded and hurt too. It goes away eventually.
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post #19 of 22 Old 01-28-2013, 11:54 AM
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Hi -- I am sort of like you I think, though I had never ridden in my life before I started last July (2012). All I can say is stick with it. It took me until December 2012 (6 months) of 2 day per week riding before the "winded" thing went away ... it just takes longer for us middle agers to get back in shape.

What DreamCatcher said about breathing is 110% spot on .. my trainer would "force" me to do do 10 second breathe-in; 10 second breathe out. It was (and is) very hard .. but it does help.

What you are going through is the exact same thing I am ... It does get better, and exactly like another poster said, when you do experience progress -- it IS a rush. It just comes in small bursts, and takes a long time.
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post #20 of 22 Old 02-07-2013, 07:04 PM
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I sure do know what you're talking about. I started taking dressage lessons at a big show barn a few months ago and thought I was going to die. First lesson almost fell off when asked to canter. I used to be a distance trail rider - endurance and NATRC. 20 years ago. I think it was a different person!! I sort of remember her, fearless and confident. Wish I could find her again.

On another note, one of my biggest challenges is how to afford lessons. We have just retired and live comfortably but are not wealthy. By the time I drive me and the horse to the lesson and back the total is about $100 for gas/tuition, which is a little hard to justify to the hubby. "Can't you just trail ride for free?" I would love to show, but I'm just not sure how to make it all work financially. Any advice? Self teaching through DVDs? Arranging group lessons? Pony Club for middle-aged adults?
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