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About Annette Willson
Annette Willson  the Author of  “Applied Posture Riding”
Welcome and thank you for reading my page.
So Who Am I?
I am an elite event rider, a Qualified Physiotherapist with a Masters Degree and I am a Pilates Teacher. I ride, I train my own horses and I am a rider coach , as well as an instructor.
I am aged, I am experienced, I am educated but most of all I love my horses and I love training riders to achieve their dreams. I am old enough to be experienced and young enough to pass it on.
I have worked as a Physiotherapist for 35 years; I am still practicing in private practice in Clare SA.
I have been a rider all my life developing my talent through pony club and open competition. I won the individual state championships in eventing in South Australia 5 times in a row on 5 different horses all trained from racing to competition level by me. I competed at the national championships as a junior and as senior for the state of South Australia. I received my “A” certificate in Pony Club at the age of 21. This certificate has only been awarded to 4 riders in South Australia.
I won the state dressage championships 3 times in a row.
Moving into senior open competition required more money and more support. I managed to attend university for 4 years, pass, get a job and continue to compete at a moderate level and gained a spot on the Olympic training squad. I remained on this squad for 3 years until my top horse dropped dead from colic. I struggled with severe back pain having ruptured 2 discs in my lower back and a lack of time and funds. My specialist told me to give up riding , never get on a horse again and live a sedentary life. I didn't of course and went onto ride to a high level, simply by keeping my core strong and being careful.
My bad news followed and I broke my leg, more injury to my back and so on.This was a devastating time for me. I ended up  a single mother with three boys, the youngest has a disability and struggling with pain. I worked my own business and struggled to continue riding.  I bought and trained my own horses but didn’t get back to high level competition again.
I started training riders and straight away identified a huge gap in rider training. None of them had any balance! Many had pain and where time poor, money poor and support poor. i seemed have a similar story to everyone else out there. Very few riders do do it easy, we only think they do. The comments I got when I was riding (how do you sit so still etc etc) and a simple light globe moment when at Equitana, I started to write my Applied Posture Riding program. I watched Anky give a lesson at Equitana. The horse was fabulous but the rider could not ride this talented horse. No matter what she said the rider could not do it.
She said she could train any horse…I knew then I could train any, every rider.
I have skills a riding instructor does not have; I also have skills as a top rider.
This is a big call but I am and I will continue to train any rider who will listen to me.
My life has settled into work, family and horses. I have my own Physiotherapy practice, I teach Pilates in my work and I teach it to horse riders. I run Applied Posture Riding workshops and just love it. My children are adults now; I still care for my youngest son. I still ride and compete at a lower level, because it is my passion. I practice my own exercises every day. These exercises keep me fit strong and flexible to ride.
The writing of the book my book “Applied Posture Riding” developed over a few years due to my own experience and due to the demand by riders asking the questions.
It has become very popular around the world particularly for prelim and riders recovering from injury. If you want more information and to purchase this unique program go to the home page.
I certainly hope and encourage top riders to follow and look at how their posture and aging body affects their riding.
I know I can teach riders to ride well. I hope you are one of them.
My Credentials are as listed
Physiotherapist
Bachelor Applied Science Physiotherapy
Masters Degree Physiotherapy
Diploma of Nutrition
Elite Competitor and Horse Trainer
Specialist Horse Rider Trainer
Pilate’s Trainer and Educator
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Please contact me if you have any questions I love this topic and I love seeing riders achieve their dreams.
 

 

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Introducing  Annette Willson
 
How and why do people do what they do? 
What makes one person strive for a lifetime to present ideas and solutions for a group of people who are unknown to them personally? 
 
If you are reading this then you are a passionate horse person and you understand the power and the love for the incredible equine friends we have in our lives! You get it!
 
Annie Willson also gets it, but her journey has not been smooth or easy. Her riding career has spanned nearly 50 years and has been filled with great success and marred by chronic injury. For many of us, that would be the end, but her passion and her determination to solve the problems ensured she was able to ride and compete successfully again.
 
She is highly educated with a B.App.Sc (Physio) and a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy. She is also a Rider Biomechanics Assor and a Functional Core Stability Teacher. These credentials along with her elite riding skills and experience in her methodical but down-to-earth teaching style have set her up to write this incredibly targeted “Applied Posture Riding” Program. 
 
Annette Willson – a bit about me and what motivates me?
 
I’m a country girl born and raised in the Clare Valley.  I have 4 brothers and sisters including a twin sister. Both my parents were Veterinarians and as a family, we all rode horses, went hunting, attended Pony Club, and participated in all and any sports on offer. Community, family, and friends contributed to and created the wonderful chaos we called childhood.
 
I have three great kids, including my special "Nico", and as a single mum, they also were 20160720 115435 websizebrought up and survived in a similar and perhaps even crazier environment than I did, because they had my horses to compete with!  
 
I’ve never been one to sit back and wait for others and results are what motivate me. I have a huge passion for horses and a curious and enquiring mind.  My dream and passion as a horse rider were to target team eventing selection and represent Australia at the Olympic Games. 
 
I had two very talented horses and a fire in my belly that could take me there. I had moved from the Clare Valley to the Adelaide Hills and started Teachers College. I had a part-time job and the plan was unfolding with strong eventing wins and notoriety with selectors. It was all coming together beautifully.
 
The next bit really sucked….a back injury with severe nerve damage and chronic pain that changed my world! 
Off to the non-horsey surgeon who had no understanding of my passion or my dreams and goals. His advice was to "give up riding forever"! I was 21 years old for Christ's sake – I had a dream, I had plans…this guy must be joking… I just had a sore back?  
 
The reality check was a shocker as you can imagine, suddenly I was faced with a permanent disability, and my love, my passion, my future was out of my control. I suddenly had no purpose, no drive, no direction. Sadness, shock, anger, and all the emotions of the grieving process overcame me all at once! And worse still my two talented mates were sitting in the paddock doing nothing!! Grrrr.
 
I chose not to have the surgery and opted for time and healing. Teachers College was no longer an option and being the determined person I am, I chose to work my injury and situation into a positive outcome and perhaps resolve my own problem by studying Physiotherapy.  I thought Physio could ultimately provide me with a better understanding of my injury via thorough and complete learning and the gaining of knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
 
The healing process was a combination of pain management, time along with protecting myself from more damage. Pain management included wearing a Back Brace and working for isolated muscle groups. The damage to my nerves was a long-term proposition and would require time and patience. Pain heal time rest cost, all four-lettered words we all hate and I still use these today in my work.
 
I managed to regroup by adopting the old adage – “if it’s going to be it’s up to me”! An oldie but a goodie and oh so true. Once I took this new determined attitude on board and with a positive and focused mind the dream of riding was alive again. I plunged into my studies and applied the pain management theories to my riding and my posture! I could say right now the rest is history, but it was a long and difficult road ahead still…
 
My passion for riding now became my obsession. I had to learn to ride again. I watched and I learned. I scanned magazines, I looked at riders' Apr photo AMWpositions in the saddle, dressage, jumping, even strappers and handlers were under my watchful eye. How did they balance, what muscles did they use, where was their center of gravity?  I went home and gave myself rider lessons. I had to teach myself to ride, we didn't have access to Instructors in my day and certainly not in the country. The photo here on the right is not one of my better styles.
 
I graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1987 and while I didn’t know it at the time, I had actually discovered my now famous "Core Crunch” Movement Pattern, helpful to not only horse riders but every upright being on this planet! I discovered riding in an upright posture was better for my back, it was also better for my riding.
 
Physiotherapy had given me the knowledge to develop my own training program to get me back to riding. I also started assessing teaching Riding Posture. I certainly created a skill and a sharp eye to identify Rider Posture problems, that is unique from other coaches and other riders.   I believe the horse is only as good as the rider, so the rider needs training before the horse can be trained properly. This concept did not take off for years to come. The feature of all lessons was (and is) the horse.
 
Riding Instructors became more available and more trendy. I was offered instruction from local, state, and international instructors. I found the focus was always on the horse and never comment on my riding posture. I decided yet again I had to figure this out for myself.
 
I continued to watch the top riders intently at every opportunity and studied their riding style. I also studied the bad ones and in my mind, I gave them a rider lesson. Some riders were beautiful to watch, were in harmony with their horse and others were not. I wanted to be in harmony not in hell.
 
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 I studied every rider examining the way they rode and how I wanted to ride myself. I would get home from each event and copy what I had learned. I  combined what I had seen with what I would learn from a lesson and my Physiotherapy knowledge, but comments like “keep your lower leg still”, “soften your hands”, “keep your shoulders back”, “relax through your back”, “squeeze gently”, “don't bounce”, “lookup”, baffled me. 
 
 
 
 
How do you do all this at once? All the lessons focused on the horse: “You need more impulsion”, “flex him more”, “control the bend”, “slow the pace”, “not enough”, “ask for more”, “put his hindquarters here”, and so on.
 
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As I applied my own training out of the saddle (applied posture) and mimicked my mentors, I developed a better lower leg position with good stability and strength. I no longer used my hands for balance and my seat became quite useful.
My back pain also settled as I rode with less bounce.
Each year my balance and posture developed, my stability improved and became established. I progressed through to higher levels of competition with confidence and success. My (secret) goal was getting closer!
Somehow I also had three children.
 My back pain was under control I was riding exceptionally well, my first 3DE event win and I had another exceptionally talented horse. 
Well, as life goes, my relationship broke up and my youngest son was diagnosed as intellectually disabled and I found myself single with three children under 5 years old. My best ever horse had to be sold to international buyers.
I moved back to SA to be closer to my family and especially my mum.
Working, and being a full-time carer for my son took up all my time my energy, and my money. My mother was a godsend and became my babysitter, strapper, and my savior. I started again with horses that had been given to me. One of these had the talent to go far and with luck and success, I finally achieved a spot on the SA Olympic Training Program. before and after APR.jpg jumping
 
Being on this squad required commitment and my life full  I was not set up to leave my business, my home, my children, and travel 3 hours for training camps. I just could not get there.
My horse developed a splint, it was removed and within a week I had a dead horse, post-surgery colic.
 
 
 
Scan 20170713 31 websizeTwo years later my mother died and I felt I had reached the end of everything (2001).
 Lots of tears and frustration and grief.  My mother was my rock and she was as passionate about riding as I am. My mother always saw the positive in life so I reset my dream.
I thought of all the frustrations I had gone through in life and my training and how I could change that for others. I knew I could teach my style of riding to others. 
My new plan transferred from riding to rider training.
 
 
First up I started to review the value of a riding lesson.
 
Riding instructors seem to have knowledge of training the horse but very little knowledge in training the rider. It seemed the rider had to acquire these skills “naturally”.  Are all riders “natural riders” or do many have the same confusion I had? 
 
I had that “Aha!” moment at Equitana in Melbourne in 2001 of how I could train riders. While watching a demonstration given by an Olympic dressage rider Anky Van Grunsven, I realized riding instructors only teach you about the horse. There was nothing about the rider. Even at the elite level, there was no mention of the rider's posture.
 
I watched her instruct a number of riders whose horses were at various levels of their education. The riders Anky was instructing were very good riders; they were not beginners or novice riders. They were also riders who were experienced in riding a big, moving horse. I was impressed of course. She is a world champion rider and trainer. The lesson progressed and Anky suggested anyone of us could ride her Olympic horse and get him to perform at her level.
 
This was my "Aha" moment. I suddenly saw how I could teach these riders and train them to ride with better stability, better balance, symmetry, and apply independently isolated aids. I could see all the work I had done was valid and teachable to train riders to ride. 
 
I disagreed totally with Ankys' statement. Why? Because Anky is a natural rider with extreme talent and I'm not sure she understood her skills were not universal. To ride a horse with big paces is a skill of its own. To apply aids with precision and accuracy is an even greater skill. It requires excellent balance and coordination. It requires suppleness and flexibility in the rider and it absolutely requires independent isolation of all body parts to apply the aids correctly.
 
I thought to myself, she could not teach any rider to ride her horse, but I could. At that instant, I knew my knowledge was what other riders and instructors did not have or maybe did not use. I knew then I could teach any rider to ride because I know rider biomechanics. Back in 2001 no-one had even thought of rider biomechanics.  
 
46By learning how to balance and use muscles individually and in pre-determined movement patterns and coordinate your posture, you can learn to ride better and more effectively and look good too. This must start out of the saddle though.
 
Our posture and control of our muscles on the horse are essential to giving accurate, consistent aids. The control and training of this skill cannot be achieved by riding only. How many lessons have you had only to repeat the same problems.
 
I went back to University in 2002 and achieved a post-graduate degree in a Masters of Physiotherapy. My knowledge of anatomy and muscle movement patterns gave me a huge advantage over instructors, to teach riding posture and mechanics. I developed a training program to train “independent isolation”. I believe a rider needs less focus on an independent deep seat and more focus on learning and training independent isolation of every body part. 
 
I combined my passion for riding and applied my knowledge of physiotherapy and designed a series of exercises and muscle Movement Patterns to do just that - apply posture to riding. It is purely a process of learning how to use your body.
 
So why do we find it so difficult to stay balanced in the saddle at the various pace and especially the sitting trot? Instead of maintaining our upright posture and moving with the rhythm of the horse, many riders tend to bridge against the movement. They then squeeze themselves up out of the saddle and bounce. By learning how to coordinate your breathing and being aware of your muscle groups, you can move with the horse and appear to be still.
The isometric postural nature of riding makes stretching extremely important at the end of each day. Our resting posture becomes tight and stiff if we don’t stretch. The postures we use at work and play can all contribute to our posture on a horse. When sitting in a chair, how many times have you heard, “sit up straight” as it is good for your back?
 
I have developed a deep passion for training the rider. I have discovered a severe lack of knowledge in instructors has left a hole in the training of the horse and rider. Certainly, Pilates exercises have been recommended and have helped numerous riders. Pilates does not train the rider to ride. Many riders who do Pilates do not learn how to use their new strength in the saddle. The skill is not transferred. Pilates trains in "Neutral spine" my program will train you in "Neutral and Non-neutral Spine" and teach you how to use your core in the saddle. This is the difference between my program and Pilates.
 
 Many Personal Trainers are offering exercise classes for Horse Riders. Certainly, exercises are great for fitness but as with Pilates, the transference of strength to the saddle and into skills does not happen for many. The term "No Pain No Gain" is dangerous if the person pushing through pain does not know what the pain is. Pain is a signal, not a challenge. As a Physiotherapist, I have knowledge of pain.
 
I train riders on how to use their core on-demand and use it for riding.  I also rehabilitate injured riders or riders who have just had a baby or had a break from riding and need a complete rider program before they even step back into the saddle. I had to retrain myself to ride after my serious back injury. I repeated the program after giving birth to my three children. I have done the hard yards and I can teach you the same program that got me back to riding and achieving my dreams as a rider.
 
My Applied Posture Riding Program has been designed to teach functional core stability and independent muscle control. The pelvic tilt is an essential movement for horse riders. I teach this every day in my physiotherapy practice:  to control back pain, neck pain, and headaches, and other posture-related pain. Riding requires strength, flexibility, and coordination of individual movements. An independent seat is just that, independent of the other parts of the body. 
 
My Program teaches riders how to gain an independent seat, an independent lower leg, and an independent hand action. 
 
My life has settled into work, family, and horses. I have my own Physiotherapy practice, I teach Functional Core Stability to everyone in my work and I teach it to horse riders. I run Applied Posture Riding workshops and these changes riders lives. My children are adults now; my youngest son has been accepted into support care. I still ride and compete at a lower level, because it is my passion. I practice my own exercises every day. These exercises keep me fit strong and flexible to ride.
 
So what does all this mean to you?
 
Your biggest challenge is to change your thinking from training your horse to training you. I have seen this program change riders' lives so now it is your turn. Get started, because once you do you will never look back and you will wonder why you didn't do this training years ago.
 
 
What is Applied Posture Riding?
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 “OLD WAYS WON’T OPEN NEW DOORS”
How often do riders continue spending money on lessons and training and get nowhere! I can guarantee if riders, past and present, chose to undertake this program they WILL see significant results.  They will look better in the saddle, they will see improved performance of their horse and most exciting their everyday posture and confidence will be improved generally. 
 
In recent years, I made a commitment to share my knowledge of pain and performance and apply this to the horse rider, initially via an unmounted floor exercise routine and then applying these strengths in the saddle. I thrive on helping people and the greatest thrill is when I can successfully bring the two together. How good is it when someone who’s been suffering pain and discomfort can ride again? When someone who has been working hard and getting nowhere makes a small change and just flies - it’s such a good feeling. Whether you’re a top-performing rider, a beginner, or a ‘re-entry’ the same principals and support is there and the same energy to help resolve your situation. 
 
Riders spend $1000s on buying a horse, saddles, bits, and “bling”, but fail to even think about their own posture or skills. Applied Posture Riding is all about the rider. I cannot understand why a rider will spend $30,000 on buying a horse, but very little on themselves as a rider and learn how to ride what they have bought.
 
Learning how to use the core along with all your postural muscles is neglected in gym workouts. Applied Posture Riding has a whole program of movement patterns specific for horse riding.
 
 Every rider uses the same muscles to ride. The Olympic rider will use the same muscles as the preliminary rider: they just do it better. The new mother returning to riding after a baby will need to train the same muscles and movement patterns as the injured rider with poor balance and coordination. Each rider aims for the same posture and the same outcome when they apply aids.
 
Riding is one of the few sports that men and women compete equally, side by side. The rider comes in every shape, weight, and proportion possible.MOvement pattern Hands compressed The horse does not discriminate against who rides them. The common thing for every rider is the muscles we use and how we use them. Therefore, the movement patterns for every rider can be followed by all riders. 
 
The first part of the Applied Posture Riding Program focuses on riders testing their own muscles for strength, length, and function. Those who need strengthening will do more strength orientated exercises. Riders who have stiffness and lack flexibility will focus on stretching. Riders with poor balance and/or recovering from injury will focus on what they find deficient. The posture fixing exercises may well be different for each rider and the starting point may well be different, but once strength and flexibility have been gained then the riding movement patterns can be trained. This is unique to the Applied Posture Riding Program.
 
For example, the elite rider may well be strong in many groups but may well need to stretch more and focus on the synchronization of their movement patterns. An injured rider needs to rehabilitate all their riding muscles. An unbalanced rider needs to fix their own muscle imbalances and train their lower leg for stability.
 
The Applied Posture Riding Program addresses all these riders’ individual problems. The journey to get here is the variation. There are many parts to the training of a rider. The personality and thinking of the rider, as well as all the body parts, need to be trained. Each person will learn in a different form, either visual, written, or verbal.
 
A rider requires more than an independent deep seat. A rider requires a skilled, independent, stable lower back, hand, arm, and lower leg movements for precise application of aids. The ability to use each body part independently and in synchronicity needs to be trained. The movement patterns train riders to be symmetrical with their body and to practice the movements needed for applying aids effectively and efficiently. These are specific exercises within the Program.
 
Applied Posture Riding will teach each rider what is a good riding posture and how to train it. Top riders and instructors are able to identify riding posture problems but don’t have the skills to teach riders how to fix them. The Applied Posture Riding Program is supplementary to a good riding instructor, not a substitute. By applying physiotherapy knowledge to the postures of riding and then using specific exercises to improve these postures, all riders can benefit from this Program. 
I have discussed why is Pilates is Not Enough for the Horse Rider? 
 
Riding instructors are recommending riders to strengthen their core, but the core strength is not transferred to use in the saddle unless the rider knows how to engage the core voluntarily. The movement patterns required for riding are not taught by fitness trainers or physios or riding coaches. The movement patterns in this Program are specific drills for riders to learn how to apply good core strength, postural stability, and coordination to their riding. I believe this is the uniqueness of my Applied Posture Riding Program. My Program also trains riders who have suffered injuries from a fall, from accidents, or from childbirth. A minor injury may result in a simple confidence issue and riding skills can be compromised with fear.
 
My physiotherapy education allows me to support riders with questions about injuries and posture problems. Back injuries are a major problem for horse riders and create conflict between riders, their families, and their doctors. You need tools to train yourself. The Big Ball, the OOV, and the Body Blade are the three main tools used in this Program as well as a simple, elastic Theraband. 
 
The Program is separated into two parts. Part 1 covers all the anatomy, biomechanics, and floor routines. Part 2 covers the horse rider lessons assuming the rider is able to ride and is knowledgeable of horse jargon and familiar with the aids required for the basic paces. In Part 2 you will learn how to apply what you have learned in Part 1 and apply the movement patterns to your riding and how to use your new-found postural strength.
 
The writing of the book my book “Applied Posture Riding” developed over a few years due to my own experience and due to the demand by riders asking the questions. It has become very popular around the world particularly for prelim and riders recovering from injury.
I love riding, I love physiotherapy, and combining the two I do get incredible results! 
 So if you are sick of being an average rider and want to be better, get started and I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and ultimately the opportunity to work with you in the future.
 
My Credentials are as listed:
• Physiotherapist
• Bachelor Applied Science Physiotherapy
• Masters Degree Physiotherapy
• Diploma of Nutrition
• Rider Biomechanics Assessor
• Elite Competitor (Retired) and Horse Trainer
• Special Focus in Horse Rider Training
• Pilate’s Trainer and Educator
 

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Here are just a few of the hundreds of success stories I get from those who use my information….
 
The best Horse Riding Exercises I have Done!
Hi Annette,
Really loving all the stuff you have sent me. Yesterday I made out it was summer and rode my horse for 20 minutes in the hail. The effects of your exercises have been immediate and I am sure my horse didn't know who I was, Thankyou. This is exactly what I needed to help with my riding. Just wish I lived closer for lessons now. I am also pleasantly surprised to find out how big my horses canter stride really is and so much smoother than I remember, yeah , I was meant to be walking but the temptation got the better of me. Thanks again,
Rebecca.
 
From Louise 
Equestrian Pilates for back pain.
Hi Annette,
I just wanted to pass on my congratulations and thanks for a fantastic program that is easy to understand and follow.
I have only been using the program for a couple of weeks and have noticed a huge improvement in my riding and in my horse. Not only that my posture is much better and I have also managed to decrease the amount of shoulder and back pain I suffer from on a daily basis.
I am really looking forward to my next dressage lesson, I think my instructor will be pleasantly surprised.
Thankyou Louise
 
Improving the horse riding posture with horse rider exercises.
Hi Annette,
I recently purchased your fantastic posture riding program.  I have just watched both dvds and have started with the exercises and loving it.  This is something that I have been wanting for years – like 35 years ago when I first began riding, but, thankfully I have come across this valuable knowledge that you are sharing now and I cannot thank you enough – better late than never…..!!  I look forward to enjoying my horses even more than I already do – and I’m sure they will be much happier as well with a more balanced rider.
As well as wanting to thank you, my other reason for this email is to ask that if it is not an inconvenience, would it be possible to get a detailed receipt of my purchase?  I have the hicaps receipt, but as a Remedial Massage Therapist,  your dvds are also very helpful for me to be able to help my clients even more, so with an itemized receipt I could then claim this purchase as a tax deduction through my business.. 
Thank you again
Kind Regards
Maureen
 
Equestrian Pilates after childbirth.
“CHANGED HER LIFE AS A RIDER”
Dear Annette,
Thank you for putting together the applied posture riding program. It has been the answer to my prayers in so many ways. When getting back into riding after having my son no matter what I tried I couldn’t regain core strength, balance and security in the saddle.
I tried all types of exercise and traditional pilates but found nothing worked. Additionally, most pilates books don’t explain the techniques well. I’d said to my husband many times I need an exercise that simulates riding a horse that I can do all day. Two weeks later I saw your tiny advertisement in Horse Deals, visited your website and thought it was worth a go.
Well, your program was the best money I ever spent. Since starting the program in May my riding has improved in leaps and bounds. I have a really big moving horse, which is great to watch but not easy to ride. I can now sit in harmony with my horse (he is very grateful for this and sends his many thanks). It doesn’t matter how big the trot I just sit. In fact the quality of his paces has improved as a result of my riding improving. The accuracy of our tests has improved because I can focus on riding not trying to hang on!
There are so many great things about your program. First, you can literally LIVE on the ball. I have one at home and one at work which is fantastic because I can be doing exercise all day that simulates riding. Second, the way you describe the exercises is simple and easy to apply. Third, transferring things from ball to horse is a natural progression. So for anyone who only has 1 or 2 horses in work and has an office job this is ideal because you can literally be riding all day!
In general my overall strength has improved significantly over the last 6 months. I’d had a shoulder problem for the last 6 years and nothing seemed to give relief. Since starting the ball exercises the improvement has been amazing. It’s not completely better yet but it’s getting there. I haven’t had to take any pain killers for over 4 months. This was a problem I thought I was just going to have to live with for the rest of my life.
Over the last few months I’ve been received compliments from judges on how much my riding has improved. Many of whom have asked what I’ve done. (I know couples have ordered ball and book since). Also, I attended a few clinics recently and all 3 instructors could not get over the improvement in my riding and subsequently the way my horse was going. They were desperate to know what I’d done.
Of course I’ve been telling everyone about the book and ball. I just love it and can’t speak highly enough of it. You can probably tell once I start talking about it I can’t stop. I simply LIVE on the ball now and love it.
Anyone who wants to improve their posture and riding should seriously look at this program. You can spend a fortune in this industry on saddles, gimmicks and clinics to try to improve your riding. But there is one simple, cost effective solution Applied Posture riding. If someone is truly committed to spending limited time every day doing the exercises the benefits they will see and feel will be enormous.
Daniel
The horse riding posture explained.
Dear Annette
I have been looking for something to clarify what all my instructors are trying to say. This book explains HOW to sit up straight and maintain this position. The wording easily works through the process of using your muscles to be effective with your aids.
The ball exercises are so relevant to riding I can’t believe how simple it is. I recommend this book to all riders. Kelly. WA
 
Event rider with dreams of International success.
Hi Annette
I never realized how much thought and training went into the rider. I have always been taught to train my horse not myself. By training my riding muscles I now have a greater understanding of what I am doing. I am stronger, more effective and look better in the saddle. I also suffer less pain after riding. This is a must for all riders. Emma. SA
 
Passionate about connecting with her horse using the Pilates exercises.
Hi Annette
Yesterday I made out it was summer and rode my horse for 20 minutes in the hail. The effects of your exercises have been immediate and I am sure my horse didn’t know who I was, This is exactly what I needed to help with my riding. I am also pleasantly surprised to find out how big my horses canter stride really is and so much smoother than I remember, yeah, I was meant to be walking but the temptation got the better of me. Rebecca.
 
Hi Annette
I have been riding for a few years only and after following the exercises in this book I developed a new mindset. The riding lessons in part 2 are particularly good. It is so easy really and now I am aiming for my dreams. Liz. SA
Stevie will go to the Olympics. His horse riding posture is in training.
My mum recently purchased your book for me.. I’m currently only up to the first few exercises but the difference in my riding is just unbelievable. Just to locate the lower ab muscle and pelvic floor muscle, I don’t know how after riding for 14 years and competing at two star I’ve been able to get this far without knowing about this muscle. If it encourages more people to understand and know how to use their body by knowing once I’m an Olympian that I used your program. Stevie
 
Do It Yourself Program
After following the “Applied Posture Riding” program it should be called riding made easy.
I didn’t know posture was so important to riders. I can now keep my body upright and my legs still. The stretches feel so good too. The little tests to test your own strength in particular muscles let you monitor your own progress. USA
Valid to Horse Riders because it is rider specific and designed with knowledge
 
Dear Annette
Thank you for producing something so straightforward and valid to riders. I have been riding for 10 years and always had problems with balance especially at the sit trot. The exercises have taught me how to establish my strength and be able to control my body. It took some time but now I can sit trot without bouncing. This is a great program for horse riders.
Even a good rider can improve when they train the horse riding muscles.
 
Hi Annette
I thought I was a good rider. After reading and going through this book I have been able to use so much of the common sense approach to riding to improve myself even further. It is such a great program. Nadine NSW
A Pleasure rider with pain control doing equestrian Pilates exercises.
 
Hi Annette
I am only a pleasure rider. I thought this was a book for competition riders only. I can ride for hours now and get off do my stretches at the end of the day and sleep pain free now. I used to ride in a crooked position now I don’t. Emma Vic
Most people take their posture for granted.
My posture muscles were muscles I took for granted. Now I know what they are, how to test them, how to use them and how to ride with their support I am a new person and a new rider. Thanks Annette, I feel so inspired now. Carolyn SA
 
Pilates and back pain a great team but only with knowledge.
My doctor told me to give up riding and do pilates for my back pain. I spoke to Annette about this, she recommended “Applied Posture Riding”. Little did he know pilates and riding go together. I am now riding daily and can control my back pain. My riding is fun again. Nadine SA
 
Hi Annette
I thought it was my bad luck that every horse I rode was bouncy and uptight. After reading and doing the Applied Posture Riding exercises and lessons that’s changing. Thanks Annette it really is that simple. My muscles love it. Tim NSW
 
Dear Annette
I never realized how much thought and training went into the rider. I have always been taught to train my horse not myself. By training my riding muscles I now have a greater understanding of what I am doing. I am stronger, more effective and look better in the saddle. I also suffer less pain after riding.  This is a must for all riders. Emma. SA
 
I get emails every day with success stories from HAPPY riders who have used this program to improve their riding, become more confident and more skilled and get more pleasure from their riding. And they did it faster than they could imagine.
I also enjoy hearing from riders who no longer experience the nagging back pain that USED to stop them riding
 
Hi Annette
  I have purchased your DVDs and found them very interesting and helpful - especially sitting on the fit ball and using the bands.  I also purchased your shoulder brace and I have found this to be the most helpful aid to my riding.
I am getting rather round in the shoulders as I get older and the strap really helps me to keep my shoulders back and stop hunching.