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Terrible muscle pain

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It was with some difficulty you got out of bed this morning. The muscles wouldn’t function as I wanted and some movements wasn’t made without grimacing. Had been sloppy with the preparation for this riding week. I had focused a lot on strengthen the core but not as much on my legs. So, it was there, in the legs, the muscle pain now was. I don’t think any stretching could have prevented this… I had truly been lazy and was unfit for this holiday – period.


Breakfast was served at 8 am and on the balcony outside the windows, the peacocks cleaned their feathers. Every now and then then looked inside and curiously watched us wondering whether they would get some bread or not.


First riding lesion started at 9 am. A and M rode one private lesson each with Patrícia before it was my turn. I mounted, stiff like a refrigerator, and I was doomed to fail this riding lesson. To ride with muscle pain was and is not to recommend. Furthermore, I rode Xileno who is a very sensitive horse and of course felt that I was stiff and his uncomfortable working trot didn’t make it easier. No more need to be said about this lesson ;)

Lunch at 1 pm. As the other meals, this one wasn’t bad in any way. A warm tasteful soup, followed by meat with rice, potato fries and vegetable and as round up some kind of vanilla cream with mango and fruit salad.


The afternoon riding lessons started at 3.30 pm. A rode first because she wanted to do some running afterwards and before it got dark. Talk about well-trained, if you feel energetic and have the energy to run after one day with 2 hours of dressage? Thereafter it was my turn and this time on Diamante. Diamante, a dark brown Lusitano stallion, owned by Nuno (owner of the farm). My muscle pain had not gotten any better during the day, so neither my seat nor leg were in place. So yet again another lesson without success.

After a long warm shower and attempt to some stretching (ha ha, like it would help now??) it tasted great with dinner served at 8 pm. A good, warm soup as starter, chicken with homemade mashed potatoes and vegetables as main course and thereafter fruit salad and chocolate cake. *Goody!*

The evening ended with some pool. Downstairs was a pool table for the guests to use. I played against M. During that time a power failure occurred. Today, Herdade Pero Viegas is driven by a diesel generator to generate electricity. But during the winter season, when all the water needs to be heated, more electricity is needed for lamps and heaters, the diesel generator gets overloaded and result in power failure. Most of the time, the power was back within a minute or two, but it wouldn’t be that funny to be riding in the arena and it suddenly got pitch black. But from what I understand, Nuno has ordered and payed for power lines all the way up to his farm and already payed about €50 000 and then has not the work started to get the power lines on his domains yet.

Posted by bejjan 16:00 Archived in Portugal Tagged horseback_riding

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