Getting Over Being Sore Quickly
As mentioned in the post on exercises to do before going on a horse safari, you are almost certainly going to be sore the day after. In most cases you will have several more days of horseback, which is helpful, but also painful. Here’s what you should do to lessen the soreness and make it as short as possible.
Stretch Before. Stretch During. Stretch After.
Stretching will not save you, but it will help. Stretch all leg, hip, and lower back muscles in the morning before you ride.
When you dismount during the day, try to stay moving and limber. If you stand around for a while at lunch or just for a break, do some light stretching and squats to keep blood flowing to those areas. You don’t need to go crazy, but just make some effort to stay loose and limber with lunges and the like. If you happen to take a longer break for lunch or nap or to wait our a rain or dust storm, be sure to go for a short walk just to get the blood flowing again.
Then of course after you put the horses up for the day–be sure to take care of them first as they took care of you all day–then do some serious stretching. This will feel good as your legs will be tired from flexing all day and getting to lengthen back out will be a welcome feeling. If you can manage a little walk again after supper or right before bed, it will help.
Drink lots of water.
On some horse safaris, such as the ones in the Indian Desert, it can be a little more difficult to get tons and tons of water like you might need, but just get as much as you can. Water will flow through your muscles and help flush out some soreness. It won’t kill it. Nothing will, but it will help lessen it. Then in the morning, get some more water down to help the next day.
The next day
You will be sore, but get up and get the blood flowing. Start walking first. It doesn’t have to be far or fast but get your blood pumping and then start stretching. This is going to hurt if you are a newbie, but it will also feel pretty good. Take note if you have spots in particular pain that are worse than others. Those are the muscles that you are using the most and taking most of the abuse. Now what you can do on all other days is to do stretches that target those particular areas. And THAT will help you stay loose and pliable on the rest of the trip.
The best thing for you
The best thing is to get back in the saddle again and get those aching muscles moving. It will hurt, that is true, but as those muscles start to expand and contract it is going to break up all of the soreness and it will make you feel tons better and be less sore. It is truly the best thing. So know this about day two. Being sore, no matter how sore, is just how it works. Expect this. And unless your joints are locked up to where you can’t move, get back on the horse and work through it.