Work that core, baby
If you haven’t done it before, horseback riding involves a fair bit more than just sitting on a horse. You are riding on a living, moving creature. It takes some work to stay on!
Have you ever noticed that swimming in the sea is far more tiring than swimming in a pool? That’s partly because your muscles do so much work adjusting to the movements of the water. Treading water, for instance, you might notice your body righting itself in little twitches and clenches.
On a horse, your body responds to your horse and compensates for any shifts in your balance. Our bodies are pretty smart, and we do most of these adjustments without even thinking.
We use core strength to keep the body steady from its centre. Though you might do crunches and work on your abs to improve core strength, your core also includes your back muscles, glutes and pelvic floors.
Horseback riding also works your inner thighs, as you use them to grip onto the horse for dear life.