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        12-29-2009, 09:11 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Well said MuleWrangler and Honeysuga!

    Just a little story to emphasize that being fit is very beneficial to your riding development.

    Several years ago (actually it's been more than several), my daughter began riding lessons again after a winter break. Well during that winter break, she took dance lessons and karate lessons.

    Upon beginning her riding lessons in the spring, her instructor asked her what she had been doing over the winter break. When she was told, she said it was apparent as Jasmine had much better control and awareness of her body and parts of her body.
         
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        12-29-2009, 09:27 AM
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    Yearling
    Thansk for sharing!
         
        12-29-2009, 11:43 PM
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    Foal
    I'm quite fit yet but in school I now have a fitness class and a gym class so I normally run twice a day and over the semester I'm finding that I'm riding better. It's easier to give my horse cues and I can keep up with her better( ottb). I think being fit plays a major role in a pesrons riding ability.
         
        12-30-2009, 12:27 AM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
    We are made to function at a certain BMI, not less than that. Being too thin affects your ability to handle activities that come with handling a horse.
    Take the BMI thing with a grain of salt, if not a whole shaker full. It's a quick & dirty guide for the average, not very fit person, but if you seriously work out, you can wind up well outside the "normal" BMI range - on either side, depending on your activity & general body type. People who do weight training (or similar activities like tossing around a lot of hay bales ) can easily wind up being overweight by BMI, while more accurate measures show a low body fat percentare.
         
        12-30-2009, 12:32 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Absolutely!

    My weight has remained about the same, but I'm not nearly as muscular as I was when I first got my horse. The guys I used to trail ride with would comment on how toned my arms were and at how easily I could pull myself up into the saddle.

    Due to a busier work schedule, I haven't been weightlifting like I usually do. Last time I rode I was barely able to pull myself into the saddle and I needed a boost - I'm not that heavy, but my arms are really puney these days.

    Riding won't keep me as fit as running and weightlifting, but it makes me want to get back to running and weightlifting so that I'm a better rider.

    I think I'll go do a few pushups.......
         

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