Whether you are a dressage rider, show jumper, eventer, or simply someone who loves to hack out over the weekend, here is an introduction to equestrian workouts that will improve your riding.
Having some form of fitness in the saddle is important not just for the extra stamina, but also for the suppleness and stability you need to feel secure in the saddle.
Riding is a great form of movement, and the general upkeep of horses means you are most likely active every day. This is fantastic! However, what is often overlooked is how you are performing as a rider.
Being an equestrian is a team sport
You can spend all your time thinking about your horse’s health, how they are performing, what they are eating, and getting the balance right within their training schedule. Yet as riders, we often forget to pay attention to ourselves.
In order to prevent injury in our horse, you are ensuring they are using their body correctly, they are building the right strength and stamina through their body to be able to utilize it no matter what equestrian discipline you concentrate on.
Taking care of yourself as a rider isn’t just about fitness. It’s about ensuring you are using your body correctly so that you prevent injury and can continue to ride for many years to come.
The common thread amongst all equestrian disciplines is the ability to move with your horse and be stable in the saddle. This requires you to have strong core control, balance and co-ordination.
Then there is the need to ensure your posture and alignment is helping you prevent undue wear and tear. Just like horses have one side they find easier, so do we as riders and your role when you are off the horse is to ensure you are doing your best to work on your posture and alignment so that when you are riding and you add the forces of the horses movement to your body, you aren’t creating any extra stress which can lead to injury later on.
Your posture as a rider
Our environment and how we move each and every day affects our posture. So no matter your riding discipline, pay attention to your alignment and have a look at this article here. Then be sure to get an understanding of neutral spine and apply this to your activities and daily life off the horse.
Even if your goal isn’t to win a championship title, staying injury free so you can enjoy your horse riding for many years to come should be important to you.
Improving your fitness for horse riding
Riding in general, requires a specific form of stamina, stability and suppleness to do it well. Your body requires good core muscle strength to help you stabilize well in the saddle. Using specific strength training that targets your core stability will not only help with posture but also improve your confidence in the saddle. Here is a great Equestrian core workout to get you started today along with this one here that has core exercises designed for horse riders.
Avoid injury and wear and tear
The lifestyle we lead when taking care of horses can take a toll on the body if it doesn’t have adequate posture and stability to protect its joints. Stacking bales, carrying buckets of water, lifting saddles, and general riding is all movement for our body.
As riders, it’s not that we need to be able to do extreme workouts, olympic lifts or the splits. However an equestrian workout routine that is specific to the unique requirements of you as a rider is important. This is what I am dedicated to bringing you. Horse riding is in my blood and with my degree in Physical education and sport science along with my scientific core and back training I am narrowed down what makes us equestrians unique and this entire site is about providing you with the tools to improve your riding.
My passion is dressage, but what I share applies to all disciplines, you only have to read all the reviews from our members who do our program to find out the results it delivers.
Stretches for equestrians
Along with this unique strength and stamina comes a need for suppleness and mobility in the saddle. Here are a selection of some of my favourite stretches for equestrians here…
- 4 Stretches to help with hip mobility in riders
- 5 Stretches every equestrian rider should do
- 12 stretches for lower back and hip pain in riders
- Stretches for tight upper back muscles in equestrians
- Soothing Stretches For Sciatica in equestrians
- How to stretch your piriformis and why it’s important for riders
I hope this gives you some tools to start with.
Wishing you all the best with your riding!
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