pain in calf after lessons
Because the footing hasn't been the greatest and I do want to become a better rider so when I do ride Kodak, I won't be a burden, I decided to take a few lessons with my daughter's coach. She has access to an indoor ring so I don't have to worry about footing, and riding the lesson horses means I can make mistakes and they're more forgiving.
I did sort of jump in with both feet though, and am feeling the pain now! I joined my daughter's group, which is fairly advanced (my daughter's been riding for 6 years) so we did a lot of trotting and some cantering. It's fun, don't get me wrong! And I was able to do everything the coach asked, but after last week's lesson, my outside mid-calf on the right leg only was killing me. It's like there's a big knot there. It got a little better with some rest (ie, no riding) for a few days, but was still hurting when I got on for today's lesson and really made it hard for me to do everything (we're posting with one stirrup, no stirrups, over poles, and cantering over poles). So now I'm in severe pain again after the lesson.
Next week I will be in an all-adult, semi-beginner group, which I feel will be more appropriate. Even though I can canter, I feel I need to work my way up to doing all these physically difficult exercises, even though I think I'm in decent shape (but not great, obviously!).
My question is have any of you experienced this? It's like a searing pain in my calf muscle, halfway up on the outside, towards the back of the calf, and only on the right leg. I think I might be twisting my leg in the stirrup. Do you have suggestions for exercises/stretches to work out this annoying kink?