02-10-2010, 09:24 PM
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Well, I don't want to be the bad one, really - don't get me wrong, I am a chubby person myself. All my weight goes into my belly.
I am 5'7" and I weight about 160 pounds, maybe a bit more. My new coach, Events Prelim/Advanced and compeats hardcore and whenever I am with her, she stresses how important rider physical fitness is important.
We are a team, horse and rider. We are not meant to just sit ontop of our horses like a sack of potatoes. If we aren't breaking a sweat when we ride, we aren't doing it right. If our abs aren't buring, we aren't doing it right - we must be working just as hard as our horses.
Becky Holder wrote a great article in a recent Practicle Horseman about how she lost weight and is now even more of a better athletic Eventer than she ever has been - because she is now that much more of a contributor to her horse and their job.
My Coach, has me - well ok - trying to have me - do 30 situp's a day, as a starting point...A STARTING POINT - oh my gosh....just thinking about it I break a sweat. To find out that many Eventers who are mid to upper level are physcially fit, to be physcially prepared for this demanding sport.
That is the same for Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, and the list goes on.
So, I agree. You should be working just as hard as your horse is when you ride. To do that, you must be physically fit.