How Does Horse Riding Affect Your Body?
I used to think that riding, was a great way to tone my body and get my exercise, but then I realized that getting in shape, especially balance and flexibility would help my riding and my courage!

Riding does help keep my body toned and in shape.  People say the horse does all the work and I just offer to let them take a horse around a course of jumps.  It is a lot more strength than anyone really thinks about.  Riders are athletes just as much as their horses, except maybe those that just relax on easy trail rides (which I used to do).

Let's take it a step further.  If we can improve our balance and our flexibility, we can be better riders and then gain even more strength and benefit from the riding.  I recently did an 11-day jumpstart program to reduce inflammation and I was shocked at how much better I felt overall.  My wedding ring fit over my knuckles, which it hadn't done in three years!  I could touch the ground at my feet, which I am not sure I have ever been able to do.  

This newfound flexibility is a breath of fresh air.  I can't wait to get riding this spring now that I feel GREAT, my body feels better, and even though I didn't want to, I lost weight.  Most of all, with reduced inflammation, my energy levels are through the roof!  That means cleaning the tack room, cleaning tack, mucking stalls, and all the other chores are so much easier.

So, back to the question, how does horse riding affect your body?  Well, the riding improves how my body is toned but all the other things I can improve about my health, improve my riding and that to me is everything!  Bring on SPRING!

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