Originally Posted by kitten_Val
What do you mean by "good while"? 20 years?
I had a break in riding for over 10 years and could post again as long as I sat for the 1st time. Yeah, getting back all those muscles take time, but not the "memory".
Ohhh the muscles, ouch! I'll never stir my partner up again when he's sore after having a pony ride on one of my 'nags' for days!!
I've had over 6 months out of riding this year, due to work and time restraints, and not having a rideable horse. I rode my coaches 17.1hh 4 year old hanoverian with ENORMOUS paces a few weeks ago. The first 10-15 minutes I felt like I'd completely lost it, but then I got back into the swing of riding and had him working with no problems. In fact my coach was grinning and telling everyone that she 'created - this rider'
SO yes, you do pick it back up - though I couldn't walk properly for a few days after!!!