Joined: 27 Oct 2006 Posts: 1 Location: New York/Pennsylvania
Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:59 am Post subject: Strenghtening inner thigh muscles
I haven't ridden in many years and recently took up riding again. My first hour-long lesson lasted only 30 minutes as my legs, especially my inner thigh muscles, just plain gave out. I was in so much pain the subsequent week, that my second "lesson" consisted of a nice quiet trail ride as I could not use my thighs or legs to grip (but I needed to get horse time in.) After nearly two weeks of incredible ligament or muscle pain in the very top of my inside thighs (almost felt like a groin pull), I am finally able to stop walking funny, have been continuing my regular exercise and stretching routines, but I am terrified the same thing will happen tomorrow when I continue my lessons. Does anyone know of any surefire leg/inner thigh strenghtening exercises JUST for horseback riding, besides placing a pillow between your knees and squeezing? FYI - I couldn't even do this until yesterday because of the pain it caused. Thanks!