The Core is the Basic Training For All Riders.                                                      Dressage is the Basic Training For All Horses.
  • Do you have a weak core and been told by your instructor to do some core strengthening?
  • Do you suffer from lower back pain?
  •  Do you know you need to do something about your posture to ride well?

Applied Posture Riding is all about YOU the rider.

This is not a program for your horse it is all about the rider.

The quality of the following video is not good I apologize for this atm. I am curently redoing all the videos for an online course.

All instructors know  core strength, central balance, and suppleness are the key skills for good riding. Riding instructors can pick a weak rider, but not solve their problem. Until the rider takes the next step that instructor will always be limited to improving that rider.

The injured rider has many more problems. Many riders who suffer a back pain are told to never ride again!!

Prolapsed DiscWe all know Pilates exercises will strengthen your core.

  • How to apply core strength in the saddle is not a Pilates exercise.
  • How to rehabilitate your back in the saddle is not a Pilates exercise.
  • How to apply specific movement patterns to horse riding is not a Pilates exercise.

Applied Posture Riding is designed by an elite horse rider, who suffered a major back injury, Physiotherapist, and Pilates Educator.

Poor Balance
Poor Balance

This Unique program will teach you the fundamentals of the riding posture. Most importantly how to test your muscle prior to starting, how to strengthen, train and use your core in daily life and in the saddle. This program will teach you how to train balance and coordination. This program will teach you how to stretch and have symmetry and independent isolation of all your riding muscles and aids.
The movement patterns are the secret to this program. Designed by an elite rider with musculoskeletal education.

Balance is an assumed skill. Do you know your balance is good?

Balance is lost due to injury, age, stress, loss of power, reflexes, and many other physiological reasons. Many riders do not even know their balance is poor until their horse starts to react to their riding. Balance for riding is a  learned skill, it is  tested with a very simple test and then trained applying various exercises.

Balance requires strength and synchronization of all your postural muscles. Being able to ride the canter and the sitting trot requires good balance. A strong functional core, as well as a supple,flexible, pelvis and lower back, are key skills for good balance. Riding with an independent seat is only achieved once a rider has stability through the lower leg and core and then training for good balance.

Core Exercise For Horse Riders
Core Exercise For Horse Riders

Riding with an independent seat is only achieved once a rider has achieved skills in balance,  suppleness, and stability through the core and the lower leg.

Training balance, your core and becoming supple and flexible are just three of the many objectives you will achieve following my Applied Posture Riding program.

These are essential for the injured rider as well as the weak rider.

Training the pelvic tilt for good riding skills
Training the pelvic tilt for good riding skills

Your  posture and riding skills all start  out of the saddle. Every rider has their own issues…even elite riders.  Stiffness, weakness lack of stability, injury, pain and age-related changes all affect how we ride and all can be fixed. Your horse has to work through the same problems, so why not you.

Now more questions.

4. Does your lower swing out when you rise trot?  This is easily fixed with a simple movement pattern.

5. Do you drop one shoulder when you  apply a canter aid? You won’t once you know how to apply your core and lower leg in sync with each other.

Poor Riding PostureThe rider here has lost her lower leg balance. This has caused her toes to push down, her foot to slide deeper into the stirrup and her body to tilt forward. In this case, we are using a neck strap to stop the horse being gobbed and started balance exercises out of the saddle as well as in the saddle.

A gym program or a Pilates workout will get you fit, but what about  riding skills and riding principles?

Lower back pain doesn't mean stop horse riding!
Lower back pain doesn’t mean stop horse riding!

6. Have you been injured? The Injured rider has many more problems to address. Returning to riding after injury requires professional advice and a specific training program. You can ride again if you follow sensible advice and exercises.

7. Have you ever suffered from a back injury or had a baby or had your shoulder ripped  apart from a fall or a horse trauma? As a Physiotherapist and Horse Rider consultant, I treat and  prescribe rehab exercises and support riders through their return to riding.

Isn’t It Time To Focus On You …..The Rider??

The canter
The canter

You can train yourself to be a better rider if you know HOW.  I suggest you spend a small amount of time on learning about the horse riding posture, the skills required and then learn about you and your body. Learn how to test yourself for stiffness, weakness, balance and independent movement patterns (in your own home) and then learn  how to fix your problems…It is really quite easy!

The Horse Riding Posture In Training
The Horse-Riding Posture In Training

Progress in learning specific strength training exercises for your core, your back and your lower leg and your riding will improve even further. Move onto the advanced training exercises and learn how to apply your training in the saddle…The strength, balance and symmetry you achieve will be evident in your riding skills. The outcome is your horse will break his habits of stiffness, weakness and be able to move with suppleness and rhythm.

If you are a good rider can ride any horse if you are  a poor rider you will ruin every horse!…It is all about the riders skills and ability to apply independent balanced limb and seat aids.

If you have any questions contact Annette Willson.

We all have the same passion.

Applied Posture riding is unique and every rider following it has been successful.

Here’s exactly what you’ll Learn in the  Applied Posture Riding Program

Part 1 the Home Program.

  • You will learn why the upright riding posture needs to be trained.
  • You will learn about the anatomy and function of the horse riding muscles.
  • You will learn how your daily work and habits affect your riding posture.
  • You will learn how injury and pain affect your core and your strength, directly affecting your riding.
  • You will learn why the core muscle is so important.
  • You will learn how to engage your core properly..and learn how to strengthen your core as well as use it in the saddle. …. there is a whole section on Pure Pilates. (from a Physiotherapist)
  • You will learn how to self-test all of your riding muscles for strength. weakness and flexibility.
  • You will learn how to stretch effectively to give your body flexibility and coordination.
  • You will learn how to isolate specific riding muscles and train them for riding.
  • You will how to train independent movement patterns required for riding.
  • You will learn how to  keep an upright posture while you apply aids.
  • You will learn how to keep your shoulders square and prevent them from following your hands.
  • You will learn how to coordinate muscle groups used in riding. (independent deep seat concepts, applying the lower leg and not twisting through the pelvis. etc)
  • You will learn how to exercise your weak areas that affect your riding.
  • You will learn why training the rider is so important and really so easy.
  • You will learn how you can incorporate simple effective daily exercises into your busy lifestyle and get dramatic results with your posture and, of course, your riding skills.

Here’s What You’ll Learn in Part 2…
In Part 2… you’ll learn HOW TO APPLY the exercises from Part 1 to your riding, and when you do… you’ll IMMEDIATELY have a new feel for how the horse moves under you.

Here’s what you’ll achieve after practicing the program in part 2.

  • You will learn  simple basic exercises to do at the walk, the trot, and the canter.
  • You will learn how to test your own riding posture and self-correct before your instructor has to.
  • You will learn how to sit correctly to feel  the four beat walk and move in rhythm with your horse using your more flexible pelvis and lower back and giving hands.
  • You will learn how to use your reins for aids, not for balance.
  • You will learn to use your lower leg and seat in a coordinated manner, for all riding.
  • You will be able to use your lower leg for aids, stability, and control.
  • You will be able to use your seat without collapsing through the body.
  • Your body will stay upright because you have better posture awareness and strength.
  • You’ll be looking up with a well-aligned head posture.
  • You’ll be able to bend your horse around your inside leg while maintaining a straight back.
  • You’ll be able to gain more flexion through the poll without pulling, by applying your new established, independent, arm movements.
  • You will learn how to achieve a well-balanced sit trot and progress to bigger movements.
  • You will learn how to train your seat to stay deep or light at the canter.
  • With perfect practice, your riding skills will improve and your level of riding will grow.

For Riders who jump there is a whole section on the jumping posture and exercises specific for jumping

After The Jumping Lessons

  • You’ll have a balanced strong lower leg.
  • Your lower leg will stay in position over a fence.
  • Your body will be able to move forward and back upright in time not “get behind”.
  • Your heel will stay well down all the time.
  • You’ll be able to apply a half halt in the “2 point” and “3 point” position.
  • Your lower back won’t ache and fatigue as it used to.
  • You’ll be balanced, confident and strong while traveling cross country.

So it is time to change your riding posture and your riding skills. 

Applied Posture Riding benefits ALL riders…Bottom line, you’ll learn exactly how to train your body and your muscles so that you become the very best rider you’re physically capable of becoming.

This is what you will receive.

The Applied Posture Riding program is divided into 5 main parts.
Severe asymmetry.
Severe asymmetry.

1.) Posture Muscle Testing. Detailed instructions on how to test your own posture muscles for strength and flexibility. These simple self-tests will allow you to identify your own areas of weakness and strength.

2.) The Riding Muscles and their function in riding. Every rider uses the same muscles for riding. In this section, you will learn what muscles riders need and how they use them. Rider biomechanics is essential for a better understanding of your own training.

3.) Pure Pilates. In this section, you will learn how to engage your core, how to test your core, how to strengthen your core and ultimately how to use your core for riding. The written files and DVD combined use diagrams, pictures, words and  visual training to explain in detail how to train yourself for riding.

4.) Specific Skills Training for Riding. Every sport uses drill patterns. The drill patterns in this program are rider specific and 100% unique to me and my training. DVD Part 1 (90 minutes) and the 80-page E-book provide a complete program for horse riders to follow to train their core and all their riding muscles for riding. This DVD is absolutely unique and based on years of knowledge experience and training riders.

5.) A Posture riding lesson in the saddle. Many riders ask “how do you keep still”? How is explained by applying the  specific rider exercises  from part 1 into a rider lesson in the saddle? Working hard out of the saddle is great but a rider must learn how to apply this fitness in the saddle. These  valuable techniques are unique to me based on my knowledge as a Physiotherapist.

Along with the information above you will also receive information on how to protect your back around the stables. Many riders and medical professionals only focus on riding and the stable are a very high-risk area for ongoing back and shoulder pain. Learning how to protect and manage injury is extremely important as a horse person. Further to the DVDs and written files,  I will include full email support for as long as you need it. Also included in the package are 2 photo albums providing a visual image of all the exercises and techniques unique to the Applied Posture riding program.

Also, if you press the like button on the Applied Posture Riding facebook page, tips, photos ,and more information are posted often. Please fill in the subscribe form on the right menu bar to receive updates and any ongoing information.

So if you are ready to change your riding skills forever go ahead and hit the buy button, you will be directed to a secure payment site.The program will be posted out, usually with in 2 working days. This program takes less than 30 minutes a day! The cost of this program is $127 AUD.

The written files will be emailed out and the DVDs posted.


Further to the Applied Posture Riding program, you can purchase braces specific for horse riders. These braces compliment the program. They are not intended to be used as a substitute for exercise.  Have a look at the effect a Posture  Shoulder Brace  and  a Lumbar Back Brace can have on the riders posture.

Back Brace for horse riders
Back Brace for horse riders
Shoulder Brace For Horse Riders
Shoulder Brace For Horse Riders

I am a horse rider consultant I mentor riders all over the world through email and my Applied Posture Riding program. Many of these riders would have been forced to give up without this program. Many riders have finally “got it” after learning all about who and what they are as horse riders.

I am sure I will be meeting you soon.

The written files will be emailed out and the DVDs posted.

I created this program out of my own need to become a better rider. I had to study other top riders AND draw from years of my experience as a Physiotherapist and Pilate’s instructor. Pilates for horse riders DVD is a well-searched term but not well supplied.

Would you trade ONE lesson with an instructor to get the skills you need to become the best rider you deserve to be?

Please Note I am available for Workshops . Contact me direct

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What Is the Applied Posture Riding Program About

Rider Biomechanics and Posture Core Training Specific To The Horse Rider