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    06-20-2012, 05:43 PM
Green Broke
Yeh, people tell me Walkers are for people that don't know how to ride, I tend to agree. I like pulling up next to people, sipping my cappachino latte, as they do that bouncing up and down stuff and then motor on by.
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    06-20-2012, 06:40 PM
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Some horses are harder to post to than others. At first, you think you want a horse twithout much "umph" to the trot, and it's easy to post. After you get better, and start to feel the push , you will like a horse WITH more umph and will learn to go with the horse. It's a wonderful feeling. But, it simply takes time, time and more time.
    06-20-2012, 08:24 PM
I am only 33 and I hadn't ridden in at least10 years befor I started taking lessons again. I thought I was in pretty good shape but after my lessons I found that I was in excruciating pain for at least 3 days. Could hardly walk and dring lessons was breathless. Riding is hard work and uss muscles that don't normally get used. Don't give up. The pain subsides and it does become enjoyable like any workout.
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    06-20-2012, 08:34 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
yeh, people tell me Walkers are for people that don't know how to ride, I tend to agree. I like pulling up next to people, sipping my cappachino latte, as they do that bouncing up and down stuff and then motor on by.
Yea, I like stripping down to my bikini & showing off my ripped abs as I post and work out those muscles.....
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    06-20-2012, 08:39 PM
I'd show a picture of MY 6-pack abs, except my "6-pack" refers to a beverage of choice...and I don't want any 'dear readers' to rip their eyes out!
    06-20-2012, 09:04 PM
Lol I have a 4 pack (not a six pack) from just BEGINNING dressage. Well had.. it's been 4 months now and it's not as prominent (even with exercise now and then)

It's a LOT of work, OP, to ride. But it's so good for your body and in time it will become less intense as you become physically more fit in all areas.
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    06-21-2012, 07:56 PM
When I started riding again after many years, in March, I chose to ride western, even though I had mostly ridden English before. I chose it because, I figured it would be easier on my knees, and my body in general!
In some ways it has been, I tend to be able to have a lesson and not be too sore after, although I do stretches most days, sometimes twice a day, and believe this helps a lot. I have also just started working out, and doing some light jogging, to condition my legs.
Last week, I had a lesson on a horse that I was considering buying. She had the roughest trot! I knew I was going to be sore the next day, and boy was I! I think even sitting a trot can be hard too, until you are used to relaxing and making your legs long, so that you are not constantly bouncing. Now, I am finding I am having problems with one of my ankles.... geesh.
I will be 53 in a few days, and definitely feel your pain. Hang in there. The muscles will build up, and soon you'll feel a big difference! :)
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    06-21-2012, 07:58 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, I'd go for a Western saddle. Posting at our age, unless you have done it for years, is a bit much to learn.

A chair seat is never correct though. Good instructors never teach, or allow that. Good riders don't use one either. It is done more and more from what I am seeing, but that is because the rider doesn't want to be bothered with riding correctly. No one seems to want to take the time or effort to do something, not just riding, if it takes practice.

Switch over and you will be happier I imagine.
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    06-22-2012, 02:55 PM
A big key too is a proper fitting saddle, whether you decide to go with english or wester (or both) you will find that if you have a saddle that fits you well you will be way more comfortable that if the saddle doesn't quite fit you right. As for the being red in the face, I ride 6 days a week usually at least 2 horses a day, and I still sweat and pant and puff all the time. If you aren't getting a workout you aren't doing it right! It becomes easier with time though!
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    06-22-2012, 03:00 PM
Smile Thank you

Thanks everyone who replied to my question. I feel very much encouraged!

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