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Rode Tarik again today and this time I just walked him. And I was only on him for probably fifteen minutes. It was long enough for my muscles to notice though. Pathetic I know, but horse riding actually works a lot of muscles. This is an illustration of the muscles used in riding, although I think it’s more than that and I’m certainly feeling it right now. Hence why I’m minimizing the time I spend riding until I build up some muscle.
I think a lot of people quit riding because it really is such a workout. I also think that’s why people get so mad and frustrated and plain pissed off at their horses. You’ve never seen someone as angry as a horse owner. I’ve seen horses kicked, punched, jabbed with a screw driver. And I really think it’s because people are so much more fatigued than they realize. When you’re become frustrated with your horse, try riding for less time.