I have more or less taken the past month off of riding, along with the horses. Mick and I ran at Int at VAHT and when we got home, he went out to be a pasture pony for awhile.
I started back this week, and omg, I am SO OUT OF SHAPE. I was doing two point, standing in stirrups for 15-20 minutes at a time in late October, along with keeping one horse Int fit and the other Prel fit. I can barely do 2-5 minutes now. And this morning, I am sore, all from light riding on Mick and Donovan (who is a baby).
So being this age doesn't bother me but I am very much reminded that I have to work harder to be fit and capable of riding at this level. The more I ride, the better.
I do protect myself in some ways. I wear a wrist brace when doing stalls, but my horses are out 24/7 this time of year so that work in minimal. I do no repetitive farm work, but do spend time on the tractor (just regraded my sand arena last week), and I do a lot of walking and my own horse care (grooming, washing, etc etc).
I am now thinking that I need to get back into pilates, which helped immensely last summer/early fall. And walking/jogging are great.
Anyone else working on strength/fitness in order to ride well?
"Action is the real measure of intelligence." (N.Hill)
Well, perhaps not, but it sounds good.
I'm 52 and do between 4-5 stalls daily and all the farmwork here. I'm very thankful for the tractor, though!
I have self-diagnosed tennis elbow. It hasn't gotten to the point to be painful enough to warrant an office visit, but I have been able to keep it at bay by wearing elbow braces whenever doing stalls or heavy lifting. When it starts bothering me (after a hay delivery for example), I wear Back on Track elbow braces at night and it goes away pretty quickly.
My friends recently turned me on to Under Armour Compression gear. I have the winter turtlenecks and I am addicted to them!! Not only are they good for keeping warm with wicking capabilities, but the compression part of it keeps your muscles supported. I don't know how to explain it but I do know it has decreased my muscle soreness. I haven't tried the tights, so I can't comment on how they work. You can find the turtlenecks at TJ Maxx and Marshalls for $25, which is a great price.