Monday, October 29, 2018

True Confessions: I Don't Got It

I jumped Opie over a solitary vertical a couple weekends ago.


We were finishing up our dressage ride, the canter was feeling really good, and the temptation was just too much to not turn in on the diagonal and pop over.

I also jumped him this Saturday, only I went wild and threw on my generous barn mate's jump saddle. I set up two whole fences in the ring: a 2'3" vertical on a quarter line and a big X on one of the diagonals. It was rainy and cold, I'd waited all day for lessons to be over so the ring would be clear of small children, and even though I had to temporarily relocate a horse (who was weathering the storm in the indoor with an upset tummy, but is now back to normal), I was going to do some jumping--half assed or not.

I swung aboard and immediately wondered where the rest of the saddle was. I've become such a dressage snob--or maybe just a cushy County dressage saddle snob--that every time I sit in anything it feels fucking weird.

Also my stirrups felt really short. I don't usually adjust them because my barn mate is a shorty and her flat length stirrups are my jump length. Even so, I could have comfortably put these down a hole. Or two. Or even three. But no. I wanted to get my ride over with so off we went.

W/t warm up, easy peasy. Into the canter at half seat, also easy. I took a light seat for the jumping, my butt skimming the saddle at the canter. Opie was perfection. Metronome canter, adjusted at the slightest cue, popped over from the perfect distance every time and cantered off without missing a beat.

Then my foul weather headache slammed in and I quickly got off and put him away after fifteen minutes so I could get home without throwing up on myself. All told I was in half seat for maybe...three minutes of that ride?

does love the jumpies

You guys. I got home, walked down my short driveway to get the mail, and my thighs were literally quivering.

The next morning I woke up and my calves hurt all day.

This morning my calves are still sore AND my left butt cheek aches.

Once upon I time I could gallop multiple horses in a day. Once upon a time I could do eleven minutes of two point without breaking a sweat. Apparently now I can't even warm my horse up without aches and pains.

True Confession: Someone on this blog may be a weakling when the stirrups get raised higher than the longest available hole. #itme

23 comments:

  1. It's weird switching back and forth in saddles, esp if you haven't done it in a long time haha

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    1. I never think about it until I get back in a jump saddle and it's foreign territory.

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  2. My first endurance ride I was not concerned with the length of time in the saddle. I was riding 1-3 horses 5-7 days a week. I regularly spent multiple hours in the saddle a day. Or bareback. However! All those rides were done with a majority of sitting trot work. I didn't post. Ever.

    My calves about fell off my body. I swear to god. Everything else felt great. Moral of my story? Dressage gives you abs of steel, but it is so not a calf workout.

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    1. For real. I was even thinking the other week about how strong I'm feeling lately when I ride. But apparently that's in a dressage setting only!

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  3. i am so sore still from riding in the combined event on Sat. LIKE I RODE MAYBE 30 minutes top and I needed help up off the couch last nite LOL omg it sucks getting old . PS Opie is adorable over fences of course as he is in everything else. :)

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    1. Right?? How do we go from young and blasting around to old and crippled in no time?

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  4. I guess this means you're officially a DQ?

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  5. I hear you..I am sore from a 6.5 mile trail ride on Doofus yesterday. More sore than after the 100 miler I did. Thankfully it comes back fairly quickly, but getting old sucks.

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    1. That's crazy! It's amazing how fast we lose that conditioning ourselves.

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  6. I don't even know how a flat saddle feels anymore!

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    1. Like there's something missing LOL

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  7. Lol! I did the same thing last week - I'm trying a jump saddle out, so I jacked up the stirrups and popped over an itty-bitty crosspole a few times. After my ride I hurt everywhere. My neck, my shoulder, my thighs, my ankles. Likely even worse because I have been riding in a treeless saddles for the last year and a half.

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    1. It's amazing how such a minor difference can destroy your body parts!

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  8. Honestly I was sweating last night after having to do too many canter circles. It's a struggle.

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  9. dude the rider fitness struggle is REAL, yo

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  10. LOL. I have seen the same thing with jump riders riding in dressage saddles for the first time. Fish out of water...?

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  11. It's crazy what the tiniest things can do. I'd like my 16 year old body back kthx.

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  12. Lol, I've been doing sumo squats, with toe lifts, that's done a lot for my calves. Like I now can feel their existence. Amazing how just a little change in stirrup length, saddle type, can completely reveal holes in fitness.

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