As a rider coach seeing and hearing about poor balance in the saddle is common. So many horse riders have poor balance. This is evident at the trot and especially the canter. The horse and rider seem to be out of tune with each other. It is not always the horses fault. For a horse and rider to be in tune, first the horse must have even and regular paces. Horse riding is a difficult skill to learn.
A lot of race horses off the track have major problems in this area and need a lot of gentle training to stop them leaning on the bit or charging through it all the time. Race horses are taught to balance on the bit so a rider taking on an ex-racer must teach the horse other wise or this rider will learn to balance back on the reins and the cycle is set up.
I teach my ex-racers to work with No contact, first, and then go through a whole process of re balancing.My training is slow, repetitive and consistent. The horse has to understand what he has to do before it is successful.
This is only as effective as the rider, though. I am a balanced rider and I teach horse riders HOW TO balance with specialized balance exercises. If you want to follow my tips on facebook join my Applied Posture Riding page.
As a Physiotherapist, I train many people in my practice about balance and muscle control. These exercises are valid to horse riders. How to ride a horse with balance must be practiced out of the saddle before it can be trained in the saddle.
How To Ride A Horse ..Balance Exercises
Balance exercises on the floor are easy to learn. Balance exercises on a moving horse can only be successful once you have actually established this skill on the floor.
My Applied Posture Riding program will teach you how to ride a horse with core strength, balance, and skill. If horse riding is your passion and learning to be your best then this program is the best to follow.
In the meantime, I have listed a very simple out of the saddle balance exercises and some very easy in the saddle balance exercises to get you started.
1.Sit on the edge of a chair with your legs spread wide (BE SAFE) . Focus your eyes onto a target
in front of you about 2/3 the way up the wall.
Keep starring at the target and practice sit to stand and sit again.
Keep doing this until it is easy.
People especially older people lose their balance when they want to transfer their weight from bum to feet or even foot to foot. When we walk we move our weight from left to right and so on.
We take this for granted! Try this exercise. Do it in a hall way or clear area. Stand and focus on a target on the wall, keep this target in your vision and walk backward away from it.
Same target same area but this time turn side on and walk sideways away from the target. With both these exercises, your foot will land toe to heel toe to heel not heel to toe.This is an exercise for balance and coordination with weight transfer and core control.It also helps your brain train the movement pattern to get the weight down through your heel.
All these aspects are needed to balance in the saddle. If you feel confident and safe then do it with your eyes closed for short time periods.
How To Ride A Horse ..Balance exercises
I believe and have proved over and over the key to balance in the saddle is establishing the lower leg first. Once a rider has this skill they can move onto training the core and aiming for a deep independent skill full seat. This will only happen by training many composites of the horse riding posture and not the final result.
When we learn a new skill at any sport we do drills to learn the sport, horse riders seem to miss this and try and sit upright and still a straight away. Many fail and look for a new instructor. It is not your instructor’s knowledge to teach your how to ride a horse, their skill is different but they do recognize that rider is having major problems in this area.
How to ride a horse is a phrase goggled 1000s of times. People and horse riders looking for balance exercises realize how important they are.
I am a rider coach I love teaching horse riders to ride to their best skill. If you have the passion to learn I have the passion to teach you. Start with the Applied Posture Riding program and then think about a work shop in the future. I promise your riding will change once you learn about yourself and about the horse riding posture and movement patterns to train it.
If you have any questions about my program or your riding or the braces I recommend for riders then use the contact page and sent me a note. I am able to respond to most emails quickly. Please be respectful I cannot give medical advice without a full consult.
Enjoy your riding and good luck. Remember to look at yourself before your blame your horse.How to ride a horse is my specialty. Follow me on Applied Posture Riding Facebook page and fill in the subscribe form as well to stay in touch.