What do you get your boys for Christmas which also benefits your strengthening goals?
|Thank You Santa!|
What am I doing in my morning workout, to add to my exercise routine?
Is riding your horse a work out? Do you work out to ride your horse? I thought that Dreamer would be good exercise for me, which he most definitely has been. But I also found out that to be the rider he needs, I needed to increase my core strength and aerobic fitness.
(I joke that soon when I get into the saddle, Dream is going to turn his neck and look at me and say, “You been working out?”)
I like core strengthening exercises that I’ve been combining with weight training. I feel they make me more strongly balanced, which can only be an added benefit for horseback riding.
Many have probably seen this: Pilates for Dressage
Also, here is an interesting web page with a surprising number of kcalories reported burned in not just our riding, but in the everyday care of our horse(s).
Fitness is made up of three things: strength, endurance (training your heart as a muscle), and flexibility (doing your stretches). An exercise life should include all three.
On a different note, do you know what the difference is between my Breyer 2010 Thoroughbred ornament and the original?
I’ve painted a blaze on the chestnut! This horse already had Dreamer’s two white back socks, so all I had to do was add a blaze to make him nearly identical. Thanks go to my husband for this thoughtful gift.
Also, a while back Juliette did a post asking if our horses remind us of any animals. It has stuck in my head. In the spirit of the New Year’s Day Parade, (which I will miss) here are the animals I often see when I take care of Dream and his little black mare (Ebony)…
When Dream lies down, he is without a doubt a camel.
|May 2007 just a few weeks after coming to us|
When he surfs over the top of the partition wall separating the grain room from himself, with just partition wire and his big back all I can see, he is cresting like a whale.
When we are doing ground work and he’s distracted, he is a dragon all lit up:
When the boys watch Jurassic Park and I go out to feed the barn, he looks nothing less than a huge herbivore, no smaller to me than the dinosaurs I just saw:
And of course, Ebony can only be one thing, especially since eating more than her share of hay. She is a big, round, fat for the winter black bear.
|Ebony Spring 2009|
Happy New Year~!
Work Out, 1994