06-21-2012, 08:56 PM
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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! :)