Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Wow, I have to say riding Nelson 5 days a week has really helped me with my conditioning, and weight loss.
I have lost 4 pant sizes since I moved Nelson to the new barn, but I have to admit that cutting down my eating habits and cutting pop out of my diet *drinking water* has helped as well, of course.
I do 4 days of Dressage, and one day Jumping - and I have been slowly getting back into shape. I do nothing else "activity" wise, so I know that by me riding Nelson as often as I do, is the contributing factor to my body conditioning.
I ride about an hour a day, not including warm up and cooling off, our routine is:
WALK & Trot Work
- 20 meter circles
- Shoulder In's
- Shoulder Out's
- Haunches In
- Haunches Out
- Half Passes
- Square Turns
- Turns On The Haunches
- Turns On The Forehand
I am keeping him between my legs, activating my core, working on keeping my legs under me instead of at the girth, using my seat, keeping impulsion.
I am toning up my calves, my thighs, my tummy muscles, my shoulders
During my Jumping Lesson on Saturday's - we do alot of Stirrupless Work, we do alot of Sitting Trot *remember, we do 1/2 hour flat work before we move to jumps* and alot of 2 point work with and without stirrups.
So my calves and core burn. I am huffing and I am puffing *without blowing a house down* within that 1/2 hour work out.
To boot, Nelsons trot is very hard to sit being so lofty and powerful, I have to use alot of focus just to sit a few strides let along the whole diagonal across the arena.
Do I get a work out when I ride? Absolutely. Have I lost weight, most definitely, am I getting into better condition? Without a doubt.