HORSES – yet another horse post… But since re discovering my abs, and muscles, without actually going to the gym but being with horses continually – I’m going to list where gym routines and horses come in line – effortlessly!
1. Water Buckets – carrying full water buckets, to and from the stable and you’re doing weights – without even realising and because you have to. Try doing that 7 times in stable routine.
2. Riding Dressage – works the core, maintaining position whilst holding hands separately to the body, as well as not hollowing one’s back in canter or trot. Try doing that for 30 mins!
3. Walking up hill – endurance walking. Bugger, the old horse has lost its rug, at the top of the hill – and there is only one way to get the flaming thing because the field is too boggy for the quad bike to even attempt to climb the hill. By foot. Off we go – this works your core, glutes and calves. Along with the arms carrying said soggy rug back down to a rather smug looking horse.
4. Bringing in – the routine is that the horse comes at night – so at about 5pm, we have to bring in 7 horses – which results in 4 walks, back and forward, because some horses fight when brought in together and demand personal love and attention. Ugh!
5. Grooming – not only stimulates the horse’s blood system and circulation – but keeps your arm movements lubed (ugh, word) up. And the goal is to get the horse clean, so it doesn’t matter how much it hurts – it’s gotta happen. AH THE BURN!
6. Carrying hay bales/straw bales/feed bags around – why can’t horses just get enough food and vitamins in their grass!! Try carrying 10 bales and shifting them in the huge pumping heat of the sun… Hello sweat and bye bye chicken wings!
7. Jumping position – hello calves. It’s been a while – I wonder, if I got them out, whether people would think I was a cyclist… They’re getting very toned and defined!
8. Spooking animals – stimulates your reaction, core, brain – keeping you stable on the flaming mad horse that cannot think of anything better than you falling off and getting the hell of their back. Hello 360 spins… It’s been too long!
9. Riding without stirrups. I don’t need to say anymore. HELLO BURN! Sitting trot, you hurt a lot.
10. A sun tan. Hello farmers tan. Thanks horses for being outside, and always there through rain and shine – you’re the best. My slowly returning bikini body loves you passionately.
Now to find my bikini that has cute little horse shoes and horse heads all over… If I can’t take you with me…