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    12-12-2010, 01:16 PM
Building Muscle

Soo I went to my first lesson again since horse camp this summer yesterday. She kept saying we need to work on building muscle in my legs. Is there any way to do this in my upper legs without riding a horse? I know the stair trick where you put your heels down. Anyone have anything they would like to share? My legs hurt really bad and I only have one lesson a week so not much time to be building muscle?
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    12-12-2010, 01:30 PM
Green Broke
Lots of squats. Ones that work your calves really well. And stretching will help too.
    12-12-2010, 04:31 PM
Also, you could take a soft ball (head-size like) and sit on a chair and then put the ball between your knees and try to press it together together. There are some special gym instruments for this but a ball will work just as well.
This strengthens your inner thigh.
    12-15-2010, 10:37 AM
Originally Posted by Jillyann    
Lots of squats. Ones that work your calves really well. And stretching will help too.
agreed. Also streaching on a horse. I always do it as soon as I get on and I do it untill my legs feel nice and lose. Also do it when your done riding. Trust me it will keep them from being tight and sore the next morning. It also helps with your ballance. Some I do are... when you get on the horse let your legs dangle. And rotate your ankles both ways. Then bring your knee up (like toward your chest) then lower it down where it hangs naturaly then take your whole leg and swing it back like you would do then an instructer walks up to tighten your girth. This stretches your thigh that on both sides. Sorry if you have no idea what im talking about ): it hard to explain. Walking up and down stairs will help.
    12-15-2010, 10:45 AM
Tons of squats like the other people say. And if you ever get the chance to bareback ride do it! Bareback riding helps build muscle.
    12-15-2010, 11:36 AM
Also take a ball and place it in between your knees (a basketball works really well). Then do squats like that. See if you can hold the chair like position for a few seconds and don't let the ball drop!
    12-15-2010, 08:42 PM
Ride without stirrups for a few weeks ;)

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