What a day!! As you may have noticed, my first post on this blog is called George, and it’s about the horse that I fell in love with at college. But more than that, the post touches upon how much I love horses and riding, as it gives me a great sense of freedom and connection.
Not only is horseback riding a great way for me to relax and clear my head, but it’s also a Fantastic workout! Today I was at KB Equine with the manager, Katie, who taught me equi-yoga! Today I worked on using only my legs or core to find my “seat” and get more comfortable on the horse. It was so cool and I cant wait to try it again soon!
After my riding lesson I headed off to the gym! Little did I know today was leg day…so I had two tough leg workouts in a row-not bad, but definitely difficult! At the gym I worked pretty much all areas of my legs. I did some HIIT type exercises that I wasn’t used to, but I could feel the burn for sure!!
As always, if you have any questions or want help with a workout, please let me know!!!
Here’s what today’s workout looked like:
Box jumps: 4 sets of 10 jumps
Vertical jumps: 4 sets of 10
Step-ups (with weights): 10 reps each leg
Squats: 4 sets of 12
Good Mornings: 4 sets of 10- be sure to do these slow, focus of digging into your heels
Calf raises: 4 sets of 25
Hamstring/glute raises: 4 sets of 10
This is George. He was the second horse that I have ever leased and I completely fell in love with him. I started riding during the summer of 2016 in Connecticut, when I was finally able to afford it. After years of asking for a pony on every birthday list, I took it upon myself to get myself a horse and learn how to ride. It wasn’t until the first month of my senior year in college that I actually began taking lessons for riding english style. I was quick to learn and falling hard for my leased horse, George.
It isn’t the riding that I love, it’s the horses. It’s the idea that these majestic animals can understand their “people” on a deeper level. When you get on a horse, or even as soon as you step up to one, they can sense your feelings. Are you nervous? Afraid? The horse will be afraid too, and as a large animal they can move fast and it could seem intimidating. Approaching a horse with an open and calm mind is the best way to win its heart. They will be interested in you (and of course, hope you have food in your pocket). The horses know when they are being good or bad, and understand that their large bodies can hurt people. One must know that horses mean well. They want to be loved and taken care of.
Today I am leaving for Texas and will be attending the Houston Rodeo. There are several horse shows, exhibits, meet-and-greets-, etc. I constantly pray that each and every horse that is being shown is treated well and has a loving owner. RESPECT animals, they just want to be loved.