Curious about your thoughts and experiences about riding young horses and how it relates to rider fitness.
I just purchased a very nicely bred 4 year old that has quite a bit of power and suspension…but coupled with the fact that he is still a bit wiggly and not totally consistent…I am faced with the fact that I definitely need to up my fitness game.
Now, I wouldn’t say that I am unfit. I ride about 5 days a week (multiple horses on weekends) and compete FEI and have a somewhat good seat (not Charlotte D!). I am up for the challenge and have already started…however, I guess I didn’t realize how much more a young horse would challenge me physically. Anyone else have a similar experience?
I am lucky in that he seems to have a wonderful temperament. However, I also feel a responsibility to help keep him this way and not create any bad habits due to tension/constrictive riding. Looks like quite a bit of core work in my future!