This week we will discuss the Cardio System, and the Joint System.
The Ability to breathe is as important as the desire to ride. Ask yourself these questions first: Does posting at the trot have you breathing heavily after a few minutes? Can you walk up and down rugged terrain cross country without losing your breath, or raising your pulse? If you are having trouble with items as these, then you need to be spending time developing your cardio vascular system to get the full enjoyment from riding horses. It is good to pursue other physical activites for a well rounded person, and full cardio and muscular development of the physical body. Exercises on stairs, and treadmills are helpful in utilizing muscle groups similar to those used in Riding, and will build your cardio system as well. Take routine time out from Riding to:
Ski--either Water or Snow--depending on your local area availability; Jogging or Swimming or ????
With respect to your joints, do you normally suffer from arthritis, tendonitis or weak ligaments? Spend time walking briskly on increasingly harder, then deeper and more irregular surfaces to condition the support structures of your joints and muscles. With stiff or sore joints, ask your Doctor or Pharmacist to advise you on supplements that will help to develop these areas, or will alleviate the discomfort.
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