And more importantly, the legs grow weaker.
I took not even 2 weeks away from riding as I bounced around the continental US, and coming back I am struggling. Like 25 minutes in and both Jack and I are puffing, my calves are screaming and really, I’m pooped.
Granted, it’s been unseasonably warm here (80* at the end of October?!) and so Jack is also feeling a little more tired, making me work harder than normal. But the other part, I’m sure, is that while I have done plenty of walking, I’ve done nothing remotely similar to two-pointing or posting from a muscular point of view during my travels.
I would love to know- those of you who take forced breaks from riding, how do you maintain your physical fitness that relates to saddle time? Does simple cardiovascular activity get you through? Or do you have exercises that make the return to horses that much easier?
Tell me your secrets, while I catch my breath and ice my thighs.