I've Learned that I am Not Capable of Doing....


Twila
#1
the same things I did as a child with no repercussions. From the logical stand point I kind of knew this already...

What came as a shock was the severity of the repercussion! I also learned that I'd forgotten an awful lot and that coordination is taken for granted when you're a child.

I wanted to go horseback riding so I found a lovely ranch with really friendly people and took my first lesson as an adult!

1 hr lesson, 1 hr trail ride. A lot of fun. I haven't been riding since my early 20's.

Yesterday I became aware of the full severity of repercussions for believing that I could do exactly as I did as a child. The outside of my calf, the back of my legs and my *** muscles are protesting vehemently to this treatment. I work out 5 days a week. Lift weights. I do the exercises that should have prepared my body for this.

Turns out that the only exercise that can prepare you for horseback riding is the act of horseback riding.

I also learned how uncoordinated I've become. As a child I use to ride all the time. It came second nature. I've never fallen, but I have been thrown. It was a rather sad realization this uncoordination thing.

This is one aspect of getting older I dislike...
 
karrie
#2
www.ijoyride.co.uk/ (external - login to view)
 
lone wolf
#3
Did you have one of those polite ponies who'll let you go over the fence first?

Wolf
 
Twila
#4
Quote:

Did you have one of those polite ponies who'll let you go over the fence first?

I've had those...but I'm such an animal lover that when I went over the fence I landed on my feet still holding the reins so the horse wouldn't run away and get hurt. A bit of a shock for myself, the horse and my instructor at that time. If that were that same thing were to happen now I'd end up face first on the other side of the fence holding only a glump of dirt!
 
Twila
#5
Karrie, that machine is hilarious! looks like it might be handy for some things but not for the legs...nothing to grip!
 
karrie
#6
When I was growing up, we had these two ornery ponies. Horrible little beasts. We had to be johnny on the spot when riding, because they'd try all sorts of little tricks, like rubbing us off on the barbed wire fences and such. Yet, the only time I ever fell off was when a dog startled my pony, and it quickly moved to the left, while I stayed where I was. I was probably a 5 minute ride from the house when it happened, and my sister took off for help. I didn't wake up until my dad was picking me up off the ground and putting me into the pickup.
 
karrie
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Karrie, that machine is hilarious! looks like it might be handy for some things but not for the legs...nothing to grip!

you grip along the white base with your legs. Having no stirrups is half the point, so that you have to really squeeze your thighs to keep your legs in place.

Seriously, I dare you to go find a shop that carries them and try one out in the show room.
 
Twila
#8
Quote:

Seriously, I dare you to go find a shop that carries them and try one out in the show room.

yeah, maybe next week. Definately not this week! This morning I was back to the work out and while trying to do an inside leg squeeze I couldn't get my leg of the floor! Nada, no movement...I don't think I could hold a pillow between my legs while lying down on my side right now!

The girl in the instruction video looked like she was just sitting there. I think I'll stick with the real deal...way funner anyway...Is funner a word?
 
karrie
#9
Well, the reason I posted it is that personally, if I were into the occasional horseback ride, I'd definitely invest in this thing for while in front of the tv, etc. That way you don't pay for a week when you make it out onto an actual horse. It's hard if you don't own your own horses, to make it out often enough to keep those muscle groups truly in good enough shape. And it's largely core muscle weakness that leads to that uncoordination you were talking about.
 
eh1eh
#10
Twila.

I hope you have someone to rub your muscles. I have a simalar probem now whenever I try doing one of the projects around the house I used to do, like build something. You can really tell what muscles you haven't used for so long after that. Whatever you do don't try a cartwheel.
 
Twila
#11
Quote:

Whatever you do don't try a cartwheel.

hmmm, I think I may have to try...when I can actually cross my legs without using my arm to hoist a leg up...and when I can walk a normal speed without grimacing...then..by gum I'm going to do a cartwhell.

I'll take a pic of the black eye and broken nose and post it.
 
DurkaDurka
#12
I am fairly certain that I cannot drink like I used to, I think I need a new liver.
 
Twila
#13
I remember being young and being able to drink until closing going home getting a couple of hours sleep and heading to work.

Now? I need a weekend to recover from 4 smirnoff
 
DurkaDurka
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

I remember being young and being able to drink until closing going home getting a couple of hours sleep and heading to work.

Now? I need a weekend to recover from 4 smirnoff

Second that... I went downtown on the weekend, swilling it up, was hurting all Sunday and Monday. I HATE YOU MOOSEHEAD!
 
eh1eh
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

hmmm, I think I may have to try...when I can actually cross my legs without using my arm to hoist a leg up...and when I can walk a normal speed without grimacing...then..by gum I'm going to do a cartwhell.

I'll take a pic of the black eye and broken nose and post it.

There's the potential groin injury too. Although I'm sure I won't get a pic of that.
 
eh1eh
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurkaView Post

Second that... I went downtown on the weekend, swilling it up, was hurting all Sunday and Monday. I HATE YOU MOOSEHEAD!

I find Moosehead way too rich for my colon.
 
Twila
#17
Quote:

There's the potential groin injury too. Although I'm sure I won't get a pic of that.

Should a groin injury happen I will definately take a picture of that too...but you're going to be disappointed.
 
DurkaDurka
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

I find Moosehead way too rich for my colon.

lmao!

Anything draft kills me
 
eh1eh
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Should a groin injury happen I will definately take a picture of that too...but you're going to be disappointed.

Oh no I won't.
 
DurkaDurka
#20
I love groin injuries
 
Nuggler
#21
There are several exercises for strengthening the gripping power of the thighs........Some more fun than others.

ohboyohboyohboyohboy
 
lone wolf
#22
The secret to any successful canoe trip (now) is: Go upstream....

Wolf
 

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