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post #1 of 15 Old 05-03-2010, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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It's not just like riding a bike...

...sometimes it doesn't all come back!

Hi all! New here and until last week it had been over a decade since I've been on a horse. I used to ride every day for over 6 years, lots 'o jumping and some dressage, but since then, nada.

I recently bought a horse, having wanted to get back in the saddle since I last hopped off. I was assuming it would all just come back. I'm a fit person and my brain knows what to do, but my riding muscles....nope. They are dead. They say they haven't a clue what I'm asking and would rather not bother.

I rode for the first time last week and could not post the trot to save my life. Forget about the canter. It was pitiful. Flopping all over the place, way too far forward, could not keep the heels down, etc. etc. I've been on four more times since then and it's gotten slightly better but I'm a bit discouraged that my muscles simply will not do what I tell them!

Has anyone else here gotten back into riding after a looooong time? How long did it take you to get a good seat again? I forget how long it took me when I first started riding years ago, I think I may have blocked the memory!

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post #2 of 15 Old 05-03-2010, 01:02 AM
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Welcome to the forum.
I have not a clue how long it will take, but there are some exercises out there to help you develop the right muscles.
Main thing is practice.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-03-2010, 09:05 AM
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I've done the exact same thing just recently. It will take time for your muscles to "behave" again. I got back on in October after about a 15 year break, and can finally say that my muscle tone is coming back, and I'm starting to feel balanced again.

It may take less time for you, as I was sick for a few years and had a lot of muscle atrophy.

Keep at it, it'll come back to you, and have fun!
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-03-2010, 08:33 PM
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Oh wow, I know the feeling. The other problem I had was the fact that I was only getting lessons once a week. No practice in between almost made riding obsolete without practice. I've just had a 6 month break and am about to begin riding again, I'm curious to see how I will go.
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-03-2010, 08:41 PM
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Just take your time! It's very hard to do for the first couple weeks or so, because the muscles you need to use are not those you usually are using. I got on horse after ~10 years break, and first couple weeks were just OMG! But then slowly it was coming back... Good luck!
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-03-2010, 09:00 PM
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Uugh! Been there. You are definitely not alone! I think it was a good 6 months of regular riding before I started feeling secure in the saddle and my horse started feeling not so tall. I still can't get certain body parts to stay where they're supposed to be. I find that over-exaggerating body position helps when trying to correct a problem. For example if you ride like a shrimp with rounded shouders, ride around with a you shoulders so far back the blades touch for a few strides and then come back to neutral until you start creeping forward again. Don't worry, you'll get there. Welcome back to riding. The older crowd's a lot of fun.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-03-2010, 10:50 PM
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Give it time! I've taught several "re-riders" and the beginning is the hardest. But once it starts coming back it'll come back so much faster then if you were trying to learn it in the first place. The longest break I took was 2 years. The biggest change I noticed wasn't that my muscles wouldn't work like they were supposed to, but that I had fears I never knew I had! Good luck!
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-04-2010, 12:43 PM
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I'm in sort of the same situation, so I completely understand. As others said, it's just going to take time! Don't let it get to you...things will definitely improve. This is what I wrote yesterday, it may help? A New Dawn, A New Day
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-05-2010, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, it's good to know there's others here going through the same thing. I've been on again twice since starting this thread and it seems to be getting better, I just don't remember the posting trot being this bouncy or difficult.

Maybe my mare is choppy in addition to my riding skills being under par, lol.

She is such a forgiving horse, but I do have moments where I feel badly that she got stuck with a rider who gives her mixed signals and isn't quiet in the saddle. I'm waiting for the day when she decides to not let me catch her in the paddock as her way of saying, "nope, this riding stuff sucks and I'm not going anymore!".

So far it hasn't come, she still comes up to the gate and seems happy to see me. I got lucky with her.
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-07-2010, 01:45 PM
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It's been a week? Cripey, what are you expecting, magic? Athletes take time to build muscles. Two months is more like it.

You're riding a different horse than before, right? Every horse has a different trot, and some can be quite bouncy. Keep him at a slower trot until you get more used to it.

It'll come back, honest.
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