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post #1 of 28 Old 08-18-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Why am I always sore?

It seems like Iím almost always sore, at least a little, after I ride. This was true when I was just starting to ride, and itís true now (1.5 years later). It was true when I rode only once a week and also when I rode five times a week. Itís true regardless of what I do when Iím riding (although I guess it wouldnít be as bad if I were just walking a little). Itís true regardless of what saddle I use (Western, dressage, jumping, or even bareback). Itís true regardless of which horse or pony I ride. Itís true even though I stretch thoroughly before I ride (although itís a lot worse if I donít stretch). Iím usually sore in my inner thighs and lower back.

I have some questions about this.
1. Does this happen to everyone?
2. Will it keep happening to me? Like, forever?
3. Could it be some sort of bad riding position on my part? Or some sort of poor riding?
4. Iím already stretching. Is there anything else I could do? (I did use Mooshineís linament on my back, and it helped!)
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post #2 of 28 Old 08-18-2019, 07:51 PM
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I get "exercise tired" after every ride (so that often my knees buckle when I hop off the horse and hit the ground), but I don't get sore like someone would who's just starting an exercise regime (wake up the next morning in agony). By the time I took care of the horse and we're out grazing, my muscles have recovered.
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post #3 of 28 Old 08-18-2019, 08:16 PM
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Sounds more to me you are sore from a saddle being to wide a twist for your anatomical frame...
Stirrups to long that you are constantly fighting your body for a pushed low heel...a heel only needs to be level for a safer seat and grounded balance point.

Certain medications also give muscle soreness as a side-effect....statins are one that I know {aka cholesterol meds}
If you are taking any medications, including herbs and such, all have side-effects of one kind or another you need to investigate.
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post #4 of 28 Old 08-18-2019, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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No, no medications. I'm starting to wonder about the saddle width, too, although I've ridden in lots of different saddles and don't remember not getting sore in any of them. And the jumping saddle was advertised as having a narrow twist. I'm not sure about the dressage saddle, since I bought it used. Maybe it's because I'm always riding ponies or other wide-barreled horses?

@mmshiro thanks for clarifying the type of soreness. It *IS* the type like where you get really sore when starting a new exercise regime, because your muscles aren't used to it. I figured my muscles would be used to this by now...

Could I be inadvertently squeezing / gripping with my upper legs?

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post #5 of 28 Old 08-18-2019, 08:43 PM
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I found that if I supplemented with: calcium, magnesium, vitamin D (these three are usually available as a single pill), and a vitamin B complex in the evening after every time I rode, it reeeeeeeeeally helped recovery and I didn't feel anywhere near as sore. Something to maybe try!

Although, now that I've been riding consistently for the last four years -- after 16 years of no riding in my adult life -- I don't get sore anymore unless I'm doing something new and crazy. Or if I'm holding a lot of tension during my ride.
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post #6 of 28 Old 08-18-2019, 09:46 PM
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I think it's a combo of all of the above most likely. I'd just keep on playing around with different things.
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post #7 of 28 Old 08-19-2019, 12:58 AM
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Also, drink more water! after excersize, drink more water.


I ride about 3 times a week. I have sore knees, like @mmshiro , after the ride, for an hour, maybe, but I don't notice it much the next day. Rarely do I have carry over soreness, unless I do like a 4+ hour ride.


Do you walk some? that can also help loosen soreness. And, yes, you may be gripping and holding, which builds up a lot of lactic acid in the muscles, more than activating, and relaxing, over and over.
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post #8 of 28 Old 08-19-2019, 05:43 AM
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Saddle can be a factor. My saddle is very comfy but some of the others i rode in every week I would come away ouch too. Some would even chafe. Try a seat saver and if that helps? They are relatively cheap as well. For me it's my ankles. I really have to go long or i even lose circulation. Breaking them 9 times total doesnt help. But i have to go short sometimes for reasons. The things we do to ourselves eh!!
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post #9 of 28 Old 08-19-2019, 07:05 AM
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Yes, saddle can be a factor, but I think personal anatomy and position may play a part too. I know riders who are very fit (in ways not involving horses), yet who are sore after riding. On the other hand, I am not really that fit, and I can do pretty long rides without really being sore afterwards, and I only ride maybe once or twice a week these days. So yes, your position may be having an impact. Are you riding with a coach who can correct it? A seat saver may indeed help. And trying your stirrups at different lengths.

One thing I cannot stand is a hard Western saddle. It kills my inner thighs (must be the twist). I've ridden in some really cheap, hard English saddles and was fine, but a bad Western saddle, I can't stand. So I do think the combination of saddle shape and body shape make a big difference.
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post #10 of 28 Old 08-19-2019, 12:43 PM
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Could be adrenaline. When it subsides, you are left with sore muscles. You might try alcohol before you ride...lol. A margarita.

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