Part of my grand plan while leasing Polly through March was really working to, not only get in strong riding shape, but to get into good shape period. Because there's a difference right? Like when you tell someone you're not going to the gym because you have a riding lesson. Cue the arched eyebrow and the, "ummmm....isn't the horse doing most of the work?"
And I kinda agree. Don't get me wrong- riding a horse is no easy task and muscles are used that aren't going to be toned by an elliptical for twenty minutes a day.
But I feel a major difference when I'm a little lighter in the saddle just in the way I'm able to manipulate and maneuver. I am feeling it now as the jumps are getting bigger- my heels are popping up and I'm resting a little too heavily in my crest release.
A week long vacation where I drank my weight in tropical cocktails followed by a work trip have not helped my cause BUT I managed to get my butt to my very favorite Turbo Kick class tonight and am back on the wagon!
I need to get back to the gym too. It's easier on you and your horse when the rider is fit!ReplyDelete
Ugh- I would rather eat chips :)!Delete
Shoot I am pretty sure Henry is more of a work out then the gym.. I think it depends on the horse for sure :) But an all around fit rider is the best for all :)ReplyDelete
I hear ya 100%! Polly can be quite the workout!Delete