Exercises for Riding a Horse
Going on a horse safari can be the experience of a lifetime. While this type of adventure attracts a lot of people who are already avid riders, it also attracts people who are looking for a new adventure and don’t have as much or any skills. This page is here to help both of these types of people, but mainly it is here to help those who are relatively new or at the very least rusty.
Even if your planned horse safari will not go above an easy gait, spending long amounts of time with your legs and hips cocked in an unfamiliar position will cause a great deal of soreness for the rest of the trip and in many cases can lock people up who have hip and lower back issues. Nobody wants that. There are two truly great risks here beyond any real health or osteopathic concerns.
1. You are so sore that the rest of the trip is in agony. And if you are anything like my sister, when you are having a bad time you will make everyone else have a bad time.
2. If you happen to have weak legs or are in pain from your first day’s ride and sometime happens on the savannah or in the desert, say a herd of gazelles go by, like in this video, and you are in too much pain or don’t have enough strength to stay with the action, that is going to be a major regret.
Here are some great videos that will walk you through some of the better exercises that you should consider.
Main Points to Consider
Whether or not you are into these videos, the thing you need to be aware of is the pressure and stretching that will be placed on your hips and inner thighs. So lunges and deep squats are great to help get those big muscles prepared for the new exercise, but riding a horse is a very specific movement that will attack tons of very tiny support muscles that are hard to target with exercises that are only similar to riding a horse and not exactly like riding a horse. So no matter what shape you are in or how many of these exercises you do or how long you do them for, unless you are a regular horse rider, you are going to be sore so just expect that and plan for it.
Getting over this soreness quickly is addressed with THIS article.