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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Other Workout

Hello friends!  Hoping everyone is surviving the week!
Here is a quick recap on the rest of my weekend.  Non running related but we will call it cross training.  Anyone who has ever ridden a horse knows it is a serious full body workout.  And no. the horse doesn't do all the work.  And yes it takes a lot of lower and upper body strength to stay on these animals. 

Sunday I took my sisters horse Bradley to a horse show.  Being 17'3 he is basically an elephant and if he doesn't want to do something... he wont.  Like loading on to the horse trailer.  It took about 20 minutes and four candy canes but we loaded up and were on our way. You could bribe me to do many things with food... glad we could agree on that.

Pony loaded, the Armada fueled up... Fairfield bound with one bad pony and one happy Katie. The horse show was over an hour away so we left at 10:00 am to leave plenty of time for a warm up and to tire out Bradley the beast (pictured above).  He is only about 8 years old so he has a lot of energy to spare.  The class I was showing required him to be quiet and well behaved so we spent about an hour getting rid of all of that excess energy.  

The Fairfield Hunt Club is a beautiful place, with two heated indoor rings, viewing areas, tennis, swimming pool, club house, and possibly my rich future husband.  Well, no luck on the husband search but Bradley was a super star so I guess I will take what I can get.  He won the Medal Class that we really wanted to win and he was such a good boy.  I rode really well (even after running 16 miles the day before).  It was a wonderful way to wrap up the weekend.  

Please ignore my awful outfit... unfortunately it is required for the type of classes I was doing.  I was showing in Hunter and Equitation classes that are judged on how nice everything looks.... how the rider looks and controls the horse and how the horse carries himself, with nice fluid even movement.  All while jumping over a 3' course.  

When I got home Sunday night I enjoyed some cold chard that I obviously bought for the label and no other reason.  Being the middle sister and a smarty pants ;)  I figured this wine was made for me.  It wasn't the best wine I have ever had but it hit the spot.  

Anyone ever been horse back riding?
What are your thoughts and how sore were you the next day?


  1. Nice job showing the horse! I rode a few times when I was a kid, but haven't in years. I want to, but my husband refuses, so we'll see if it ever happens.

  2. Thanks! It certainly isn't for everyone. Grab a girlfriend and go take a few lessons again! I have even considered doing more weight lifting to increase my upper body strength to make riding a little easier. I am sure you know how hard it can be if you rode as a kid.


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