It’s no secret that horseback riding is good for your health. If you’ve realized your dream of galloping off into the sunset on a gorgeous stallion but found yourself unable to move from muscle soreness the next day, you’ll know you’ll need to ease yourself into horseback riding, so it doesn’t take a toll on your body.
At Legacy Saddlebreds LLC, we know it’s not just the horse that is doing all the work. If you’re looking to be challenged in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina area, horseback riding can be an effective workout. There are three main muscle groups activated during horseback riding:
- Core– The core is much more than just your abdominals, and this is the primary muscle group that is being used to keep you balanced on horseback. Your core muscles include your abdominals, as well as muscles that stabilize your pelvis, rib cage, and your spine.
- Glutes– Your gluteus determines the balance of your hips in the saddle, as horseback riding is essentially a hip extension. The squeezing of the gluteus allows you to use your saddle seat more correctly to control your horse through more intricate variations, like trot and canter. As you ride, your gluteus will flex to keep you on the horse, whether you’re trotting or cuing the horse to stop. This repetitive training will also give you the capability to hold on to even the wildest mechanical bull at your next rodeo.
- Quads– The quads seem to be the primary muscle group that is being worked during horseback riding. That is because how you move on horseback is determined primarily by your quad endurance and strength. There is no passive sitting in horseback riding, and quad strength is needed to “squeeze” the horse during each ride. This is what develops your legs and gives riders those lean legs, especially for riders who spend most of their time “up” and out of saddle, like jumpers or cross-country riders.