As we discussed in the previous blog "How to Physically Prepare for Horseback Riding", your core (transverse abdominus, in particular) plays a major role in your ability to balance well while horseback riding. What I did not explain to you is why preparing your body for horseback riding is especially helpful when visiting a Colorado dude ranch.
The answer is pretty easy. When folks come out and visit us, they feel like they're paying for a certain amount of horseback riding since the vacation is all-inclusive (folks are more than welcome just to sit on their porch with coffee and listen to the river, participate in our other activities, explore Steamboat Springs, etc.). Many ride every day of the week during their vacation, morning and afternoon. For our six nights stays, that often means 11 horseback rides in seven days. And, those rides aren't piddly.
We trail ride in the Routt National Forest through meadows, aspen forests, up and down mountains. Whether folks are doing our most beginner rides or our advanced, they get a lot out of the experience. Oftentimes, though, unless our guests are use to riding everyday, those 11 or so rides take a toll on them, and by mid-week, they like a little break for their bodies.
Some believe that unless you're going for that rockin' hot bod for your beach vacation, there's no reason to exercise specifically for vacation. But take it from me, your dude ranch vacation can not only provide you with a benchmark for getting into horseback riding shape, but also can make your stay with us less sore and more happy on the trails.