Just like Sharon promised, I hurt.
Muscles I forgot I had (or maybe never knew I had) hurt. Who would have thought that just doing something like move my toes 45* would cause my knees to ache so badly?
Now, I know I'm not in good shape. Any semblance of good shape. The fact that I haven't seen the inside of the gym in almost a year testifies to that.
However, I ride. I ride up and down mountains, across creeks, over boulders. For hours. And I do it all bareback. I have better than average posture when I'm horseback. My core is fairly strong. In fact, that's the only part of me that doesn't hurt. My riding muscles should have been in good shape.
Sharon managed to kick my arse. Who would have thought that almost two hours on level ground going in circles could hurt so much?
Okay, okay. A lot of you warned me I'd be sore and I didn't believe you. For that I'm sorry. I should have believed you all.
I've decided that my arms are going to get quite the workout, too. I've always ridden Western. Very little contact unless I needed to give the horse instruction. After the few minutes I did yesterday of riding with contact, my hands hurt. I'm not used to helping the horse hold his/her frame and it's going to be quite a change. But I'm willing to bet my triceps will appreciate it.