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post #1 of 11 Old 12-01-2012, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Will riding make my thighs too much bigger?

I'll start by saying that I wasn't sure where to put this, so if it's in the wrong spot, that's why.

Alright, so, right now, I wear a Junior's 1 in pants. My legs are obviously small enough to wear that, but they're not toned enough for my taste. I'm going to start training with my horse's previous owner (We're good friends, she won quite a few medals/trophies on my horses, and she's willing to teach me completely free. Starting English in February!), and I know that'll tone them up fast. The problem is, I don't want the bulk. I want muscle, but I don't want so much that I have to buy bigger jeans.

So, a question to those who ride a lot: does riding, I dunno, 6 days a week build so much muscle that it's annoying, or does that just depend on the person?

Okay, very long question over.

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-01-2012, 11:53 PM
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Being a guy, I can't speak to impact on young ladies' pant sizes. However, riding horses isn't about great strength so much as endurance, and endurance training doesn't build bulging muscles. Riding will tone the legs, but it won't prep you for competitions in female bodybuilding...

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-02-2012, 01:16 AM
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No you won't have to buy bigger jeans. Riding won't work you nearly hard enough to give you tree trunks for legs.
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-02-2012, 11:48 AM
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You're safe. Go enjoy the ride.

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post #5 of 11 Old 12-02-2012, 11:55 AM
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It'll definitely thicken your thighs if you are riding hard enough. Typical riding hard will tone, but if you have a drill Sargent instructor who has you do tons of posting and two-point without stirrups, or posting in super short stirrups as opposed to "just" riding an hour and a half six days a week, they will get bigger. Not beefcake body builder bigger, but bigger.

But honestly, a Junior size 3 is still tiny, even if you do have to go up a size. You will notice that some brands fit tighter or more loosely than others, so it's just a trial and error. And it would be silly to not take the opportunity because you don't want to be "bigger."
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I am a smaller person, only fice foot one and only about 108 pounds, but ibfit into a size 3 to a size 5 jeans in juniors and I am in pretty good shape! Horseback riding shouldn't bulk you up too much, but you will tone your leg muscles enough to have to go up a jeans size. But like riccil0ve said, a size 3 is still little!=) You aren't going to look like some sort of body builder, just a little more athletic! And trust me, that isn't a bad thing =P just have fun and enjoy this opportunity =)

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-02-2012, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate that. I've always kinda been freaked out by too much muscle, so I didn't want that to happen!

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post #8 of 11 Old 12-02-2012, 01:52 PM
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It's better long term for you to be more muscled than less.

If its a concern over what the fellas would think, you won't get built up from horseback riding to the point that you're a female bodybuilder. Don't be afraid of being muscled :)
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Jockets are constantly working their thighs riding.....I still see toothpick thighs!! Haha!
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-02-2012, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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Good points! The point about jockeys was wonderful. Don't think I've ever seen a jockey with large thighs!

I'm a lot more relaxed now.

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