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post #1 of 10 Old 02-18-2015, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hi I'm kinda new to riding and being around horses. I don't have a horse or a barn in my area, so it is very hard to learn. I would like some advice on how to condition myself, without a horse and how to get some international horse advice. Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-18-2015, 06:22 PM
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Cardio fitness is always helpful. So is core strength.

One thing that I am lacking in but I think would really benefit me is more independent muscle control of myself. To be able to use my back and seat and legs in different and subtle ways.

One thing I have found is that in almost every area there are horse instructors or clubs. Sometimes they're not advertised anywhere but if you start talking to people you'll probably find something.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-18-2015, 07:50 PM
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I actually laughed when I saw the title of this thread. First thought was "if advice is what you want, your wish is our command!" You've come to a good place though. Lots of knowledgeable people here. :)

Is there any particular style of riding or horsemanship that you're attracted to? Are you interested in trail riding, dressage, jumping, speed events, being a cowboy/girl?
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for exercise that will help you, like said above is core exercises...i also would recommend sitting on a polities ball and balance on it. As far as finding a place...that is usually the hardest part in urban areas, but check around I am sure you can find something.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-19-2015, 12:21 AM
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I'm a big fan of Professional Bull Riding and several of the riders have started doing yoga and they say it has helped them tremendously. If it helps them with riding a bull it ought to help with riding a horse.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-19-2015, 01:23 AM
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yes, Ian, I haven't seen anyone actually "craving" advice. more often than not it's folks not wanting to accept it.

but, I do hope you can find a way to get into horses. although you can learn a lot from books and videos, actually being with them and riding is just irreplaceable.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-19-2015, 08:50 AM
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I second those who said exercise. Cardio, core, and balance are key things to work on. Burpees, crunches, sit ups, push ups, and brief jogs daily are great ways of getting cardio and core/ab workouts. Of course, before you start these, you should stretch. Take advantage of your stretch and warm up time to work on balance. Start by picking one foot up and stretching your leg to the back of you. Repeat with opposite leg for ten to twenty seconds each. Planking is also a great way to find your balance. Start by getting into a push up position. Then lift your right leg and left arm. Hold this for 10 to 20 seconds. Repeat by lifting your left leg and right arm.

Having good muscle control and balance are crucial to riding. I have significantly benefited from simple exercises such as these. The only thing holding my butt in the slick contraption they call a saddleseat saddle is my balance and God's good grace lol one more thing I will never hear the end of from my riding instructor is to keep my heels down. I found a good way to practice this while not in the saddle is to place the front portions of your feet on a step and pushing your heels down. This stretches and conditions your lower calf muscles to better keep your heels down. Hope I helped some :) I wish you the best of luck
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I actually laughed when I saw the title of this thread. First thought was "if advice is what you want, your wish is our command!" You've come to a good place though. Lots of knowledgeable people here. :)

Is there any particular style of riding or horsemanship that you're attracted to? Are you interested in trail riding, dressage, jumping, speed events, being a cowboy/girl?
I would like to be able to jump, but I like Western better. I have never tried english, so I can't fully say. I think if I had the chance, I would love to be a cowgirl, but I don't really know too much about it.
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I would like to be able to jump, but I like Western better. I have never tried english, so I can't fully say. I think if I had the chance, I would love to be a cowgirl, but I don't really know too much about it.
Good answer. :) I found a few ideas that should get you started on a good track. If you'd like to learn about riding in those styles, learn everything you can about the people in these videos. They'll also lead you to other teachers and ideas.

Western - Rancho Santa Margarita Reata Roping
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkl4S_AdnKw

Dressage (English) - Nuno Oliveira
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfiTTyi2He8

Jumping with George Morris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGk7aAJdCRY
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-20-2015, 04:04 AM
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I find that it tremendously helps to have a sport besides riding for balance.
Do whatever exercise you have fun doing, don't do stuff cause you "have to" in order to ride better. Core strength is important, yes, but I find that sports which use the whole body work a lot better for me than those which require strength one main area. E.g. yoga, dancing, gymnastics, rock climbing rather than biking, swimming, weight lifting.
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