I graduated yesterday to my "new" lesson-horse from my first lesson horse, whom I rode for the first two months...boy...I kept thinking (yes, well, I told my trainer I was ready for "forward", tired of working SO HARD to get anything from my trainer's babysitter beginner horse--who actually is quite ADVANCED, JUST has an amazingly patient, calm and forgiving disposition).
Wow! I didn't realize I could be THIS SORE! I worked about a hundred times harder on her forward horse than I ever did for all of my initial lessons on her "babysitter" horse!
I say this to commisurate, and to add that on top of feeling your literal pain, (when I stand today, the first few steps are all hunched over and I gradually rise up, like man rising from the ape in some Darwinian movie scene...2nd day onset muscle pain is sooo much worse than first day, I learned this years ago when I THOUGHT I had begun working out...that was nothing compared to this....anyway, when I sat to write this post, my thoughts HAD BEEN ALREADY ON THIS SUBJECT ALL NIGHT, in that I can't WAIT until that FIRST ride where everything CLICKS!
Brain, body,all of in working in tandem with horse. I WILL CELEBRATE! It very easily could be months, and I accept that, just so long as ONE DAY IT HAPPENS. AND, hallelujah! What a day that will be! ; 0)
I am 38, in what most would and do consider darned great shape, and I FEEL DAILY the not having ridden for 15 years before two months ago...I applaud you at 59 for doing same. You have great inner and outer strength for taking this on...if you are in good health confirmed by a doctor, sweat and tough it out...it will pay off and get easier (@ least, that's what I keep telling myself!)... :0)
All off us newbies and returning newbies can help hold each other up until we're all asking, "What was the big deal; this riding thing is a piece of cake!!??" :0)
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