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  • I rode a horse for 10 mins and am sore
  • Bruising on my inner thigh after cantering

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    06-26-2012, 07:07 PM
Anybody with a few years on them (like me) should probably get their doctor to check them over before undertaking any vigorous exercise program. Riding is a vigorous exercise program. Joe's plan is a bit is a bit less strenuous, but even a TWH gives you exercise. Assuming that you survive riding, think of how great you'll look and feel. Oh, and Waresbear, I have a body like that. I just keep it carefully wrapped in fat so as not to risk damaging it..........
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    06-26-2012, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Canada has never looked so good!

That said, I've got to agree with Joe, get yourself a Walking horse and never look back.

By the way, while doing some work at one of the local cardiologist office, the subject of horse riding came up.

He told me horseback riding was wonderful exercise.
Well, I am only a few years younger than the OP, all it takes is exercise instead of getting in a tizzy when you feel some lactic acid burning in your body, geez. Not saying there is anything wrong with walkers, but encouraging the OP to take the easy way out is not the best option in my books.
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    06-26-2012, 11:23 PM
^ Ha! (cute..verrry cute!)... I'd LOVE to see a gaited horse trainer. I'd imagine they can get to wherever they're going MUCH faster than everyone else on any given day! Hehe ;} (aww sorry for poking fun atcha! No harm meant, Joe)! :0)
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    06-29-2012, 08:31 PM
I was going to also say gaited all the way! My husband is 58, hard hard working farmer with body going to heck, and he can ride all day on his TWH.

As far as 'the easy way out'...that doesn't even make sense to me. Why should riding a horse be hard work when it doesn't have to be? Bodies can still ache after being in the saddle no matter what the horse breed is, but why would someone want to bounce all day when they can glide?
    06-29-2012, 09:10 PM
At this point, though conquering the "bouncing"is very important to me, as it means that, as an athlete, I have overcome a challenge (relearning a sport I had essentially mastered as a youth (without even knowing I had done so!), and, doing so to the point where I my being in the saddle, to any horse I am riding, feels comfortable, and in no way painful/jarring/or bouncy...(as well as to myself).

..however...IF MY GOAL was to do my job on horseback along side my husband, (were I lucky enough to be a cattle rancher or the like!) & do so with high efficacy and minimal pain (my husband has chronic pain due to his service in the Army's 82nd Airborne, parachuting = arthritis at 42 from jumping out of planes all of his youth, and having been a soldier, fighting in combat; & an athlete, for which he must pay some price) I would wish for him to ride the most comfortably gaited horse out there!

Sadly, we aren't ranchers, but mere horse lovers, and at this time, we are just going to work at getting as good as possible at riding the more difficult gaits well...that is the plan. We aren't broken down enough at our ages/given our relative health to worry too much... YET! :0) In time, with three fractured spinal vertebra for him, plus having pins holding together his right side from one parachuting accident (the chute rigger improperly packed his happens), he will have issues. But, not yet. So, onward and upward!! :0)
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    06-29-2012, 11:05 PM
Riding is definitely a workout! I rode western for a few months when I was probably 12? I enjoyed it and you definitely feel the difference between english and western riding! While it wasn't for me, I still had fun trying something new! I wasn't sore after riding western the first few times, but boy there's something about english riding that makes me walk like a cowboy the next day (and western riders, please don't take that the wrong way, I'm talking a cowboy from back in like the early 1900's and how they walked in the old western movies and such!)

Two weeks ago I started picking lessons back up and my trainer really likes to do work with no stirrups. Me having not been that physically challenged on a horse before + having not done "no stirrups" work in forever = horrifically sore the next day! But I do have to say it really helps! I get up the next day and really feel it. My trainer told me like 10 minutes after doing it "Are you starting to feel sore?" of course I replied "yeah" in which her response was "Good, that means you're doing it right."

Of course I've done all of it before, but even now I still get really sore when I get home it's almost sad then again, I haven't done work like that in so many years. Now that I'm working with a youngster who could be potentially mine that needs a good bit of work, it's going to be even more physically strenuous. But I tell myself: I need to be more physically challenged and it will definitely be rewarding in the long run!

As of right now, after riding today, I feel like I have giant bruises on my inner thighs -_- ouch! What comes next? - Wake up and proceed to the "walking like a cowboy" phase, lol.
    06-30-2012, 11:18 AM
Think how lovely those thighs will become.
    06-30-2012, 01:28 PM
I'm 60, I ride a couple of times a week. I have both Foxtrotters and Arab type horses, And I still get sore after a serious ride. I've got a trigger point in my lower back from an old injury I got while downhill racing on skis when I was younger and more fearless. If I do much cantering or extended trotting, It's sore at bed time.

If you are riding in the NC Heat and humidity, I'd expect you to be red and sweaty. Drink lots of fluids and enjoy.
    07-01-2012, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
Well, I am only a few years younger than the OP, all it takes is exercise instead of getting in a tizzy when you feel some lactic acid burning in your body, geez. Not saying there is anything wrong with walkers, but encouraging the OP to take the easy way out is not the best option in my books.

Yea, well, it's working for look great!

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