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How To Ride a Horse. Balance Exercises

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.

The transfer of weight from the seat to the stirrup in the rise trot

The transfer of weight from the seat to the stirrup in the rising trot

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

The Sitting Posture With Good Core Hold

The Sitting Posture With Good Core Hold

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.

A Well Balanced Rider Enjoying Her Ride

A Well Balanced Rider Enjoying Her Ride

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.

Annette Willson author "Applied Posture Riding"

Annette Willson author “Applied Posture Riding”

The Lumbar Back Brace For Horse Riders

A back brace works by supporting the core muscles. The brace will stabilize the lumbar spinal joints and provide pain relief. You can combine horse riding exercises with the back brace at the same time. With pain relief and a good stretching and strengthening program back pain can be managed very well. Training the core for strength and endurance is the be all end all. The core must be strong for back pain relief.

Lumbar Back Support for horse riders

Lumbar Back Support for horse riders

The typical horse rider has back pain due to stiffness and trauma from jarring and lifting. Many just put up with it until it actually cripples them.

Unless the pain is from a serious mechanical problem then it can we be managed with exercises and a back brace? I used to wear a back brace every day when I was recovering from a disc injury. The brace helped me ride while I healed. I did do all the Applied Posture Riding exercises, though. The combination kept me moving and allowed me to ride with less pain and less damage.

The Core Muscles

The Core Muscles

If you suffer back pain and want more information just contact me.I sell these back braces from my physiotherapy practice and I also  recommend the Applied Posture Riding program for horse riders. If you decide this is for you I can arrange payment and postage via Paypal or other.

I do have a Pure Pilates and Pain management DVD I sell via my work to all my back pain patients and especially my work cover patients.I get very cross when I hear people won’t use a back brace for fear of becoming addicted. This is bulldust. I have sold many of these and every person had said what a godsend it is to have pain relief and be able to keep moving.Decide for yourself.

Give me a call or email and have a chat. I love this topic, I am good at it, I have suffered the same and I love seeing people succeed. I was told to never ride again, well I did, I am, and I’m’ fine.

I get emails often from riders with back pain being told by their doctors to never ride again and choose another sport. We all know that is not possible. But it is important to be sensible and allow your body to heal.

Contact me and I will do my best to help you over the net or phone or in person.

Good luck and enjoy your riding .

Annette Willson

Remember to always look at yourself before you blame the horse.

Annette Willson author "Applied Posture Riding"

Annette Willson author “Applied Posture Riding”


Horse Riding Exercises For The Quads and Hamstrings

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Horse Riding Exercises

This video explains in simple terms the function of the quads muscle and the hamstrings muscle in horse riding.

Horse riding exercises need to teach horse riders how to use these muscles independent of each other and independent of each side of the body.

The hamstrings are the main muscle used in dressage and the Quads are the main Muscle used for trotting and jumping.

Pilates For The Equestrian Rider On DVD

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Pilates Has Become The Single Most Important Exercise Routines For All Athletes!….

Pilates For the Equestrian Rider is Slowly Following the Trend

This is a topic becoming very popular around the world. All instructors now know core exercises are essential for better horse riding. Many horse riders assume that riding will get them fit and the more riding you do the stronger and better you will get.

A good rider will always be a good rider, but with a stronger and more useful core muscle, every horse rider can be better. Training the core is essential, but training the core specific for riding will give a rider so much more stability to apply independent aids.

The dressage rider needs to train the core to achieve that sort after independent deep seat. Without a strong core this will not happen and more and more riding will not strengthen the core. A riders skills simply will not improve. The sitting trot certainly will never be achieved. The upright posture requires strong back muscles and good endurance in the shoulder blade muscles. This can only be achieved if the core is strong and the rider has been exercising these muscles independently.

Me Before Applied Posture Riding

Me Before Applied Posture Riding

Horse Riding is a sport requiring both strength and stability in a static posture. It is also one of the few sports that is symmetrical. Riding requires both the left and right sides of the body to work equally well. Very few riders can do this well but it can be improved by training the core. Equestrian Pilates is essential for the show jump and cross country rider. A strong core allows a rider to have a strong stable well balanced lower leg. Weakness in the core leaves the leg muscles loose and they wobble. This leaves a rider open for a fall as soon as the horse misses a step or a takeoff and certainly when landing over a big fence.

Pilates for the Equestrian Rider

All of these riders need a strong core.Many riders are attending Pilates classes and or exercise classes, which all help. Walking and jogging and or bike riding are all good for fitness.

The Applied Posture Riding program is the best available to train the horse and rider for riding.

For detailed information on this program read the website ask questions and investigate the best program for riders yet. Applied Posture Riding available on DVD.

Your groom and supporters also need to train their core Pilates Applied Core Stability Online is the choice for them.

Good Luck and enjoy your riding.

Annette Willson

Remember to look at yourself before your blame the horse.

Pilates For The Equestrian Rider On DVD

Annette Willson author "Applied Posture Riding"

Annette Willson author “Applied Posture Riding”