One aspect, as a rider, that I have overlooked for a really long time has been my own fitness. My horses are amazing athletes and working with them I forget that I can be the weakest link in our partnership. Sometimes (especially during cross-country or dressage) I end up being the one who gets in their way because I become fatigued long before they do. When I get fatigued I get sloppy. Of course if I’m asking my horse to do something with sloppy aids they are more than likely to get frustrated or confused and not do what I have asked of them. This intern causes me to get frustrated and ask again, or more forcefully, which just adds to the horses confusion and it becomes a vicious cycle.
Lately I’ve been noticing that the more I improve my own fitness the better my riding has become. I have better balance and I can ride for a lot longer without getting fatigued.(when the weather allows) I am able to hold the two point longer, and maintain the ear, shoulder, hip, heel alignment in dressage with much more ease and just be more comfortable for longer rides. My horses also seem so much happier because I don’t become the bump on the log that they have to haul around. We truly have a better riding relationship then we’ve had in a long time and I think my fitness has played a huge part in that.
I work crazy hours some times (Gotta have that full time job to support that horse habit still 😀 ) and I know how hard it can be to fit in a workout but when I started looking at myself as an athlete as well I realized that I had to make working out a priority. I make sure to dedicate at least 15 minuets to doing some sort of exercises each day and more if I can and it really is starting to show. (I mean who doesn’t want to look good in those breeches anyways???)
We dedicate so much of our time and money into ensuring our horses have the best care, food, and supplements that we can afford. We are usually the ones who suffer with peanut butter and jelly and ramen noodles just to afford our horses but we deserve at least a piece of what we give our horses and working out can be completely free AND done completely at home or in the barn. (I absolutely HATE the gym so I hands down stick to workouts I can do at home)
I wanted to extend an invitation for you to join me on my fitness journey! Every month a group of my friends and fellow horse lovers from all over the country (hopefully soon the world) help motivate each other to workout, eat right and just learn to love ourselves as we get ourselves going for a great summer of riding. There are gifts if you donate but if you don’t want to spend any money you don’t have to! If you’re interested in joining an amazing group than shoot me a message and I can add you. This is a closed group done over Facebook so a Facebook account is required. Other then that it’s free.
This months group is “Motivation Mania” It starts March 1st and goes through the 30th. If you donate for a gift then the gifts will be announced during the last few days of the group. You can join at any time so don’t feel like you have to wait until the next month to join.
“Jumping Into January” and “Frolicking in February” were a total blast and the ladies (as well as myself) saw some amazing results by just taking baby steps to improving ourselves!
Remember nothing has to be changed drastically over night. Just like with horses sometimes you have to take baby steps to really do it right but is so worth the extra time in the end.
If you want to join my amazing team of equine enthusiasts, if you have any questions or are just curious please feel free to contact me either through my Facebook page or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time!
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