Applied Posture Riding - online rider training

  • How To Ride a Horse..Well

    How to ride a horse is a very hard topic to discuss.

    200,000 people type this keyword into Google every month, it is one of the most used long tail keywords searched by google.

    This certainly says something about the popularity of the sport, horse riding. It also suggests that people are looking for an online instructional video to teach them about horse riding, rather than one on one coaches. “How to ride a horse?” is a very broad question. Many horse riders ask "how to sit still at the trot” or “how to stay upright at the canter ” These are specific questions from horse riders who are having riding problems. 

    Erin and Leanne Home feb 2012 085 Beginners are taught to sit up straight, keep their back straight and legs still, and never balance on the reins. Well, this is certainly the outcome horse riders want to achieve but it is impossible to achieve this without breaking it up and looking at what is required for each of these body parts to be independent.

    To be able to sit up straight on a horse for a number of minutes let alone an hour requires strength and endurance from all the stomach and back muscles. The core needs to be strong and engaged all the time. The lower back muscles need to be strong and coordinated with the abdominal muscles.

    The lower back joints need to be flexible but also very stable. These are the individual components of horse riding that are neglected and therefore not achieved. The end result is reflected in the horse riding posture. Weakness, poor balance, and instability all affect the horse riders' skills. 

    These core exercises teach riders how to find, test, and use their core muscles for horse riding. The stretches are specific to the movement required for riding. If you are having trouble riding, lack strength has had an injury, or are just starting out with riding then learning from an expert is the go. Have a look at the program and join my Applied Posture Riding Membership Program.

    I love teaching horse riders how to ride.

    Good luck and enjoy your riding Annette Willson.

    Look at yourself before you blame the horse.  

    How To Ride a Horse, an interesting topic.

  • The Applied Posture Riding Program

    What Is The "Applied Posture Riding" Program? 

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    This is a complete mentoring program for horse riders.

    You cannot fix your posture problems in the saddle.

    You need to, first, test for strength, length, and flexibility, you then need to train to reset your posture for riding and then start the process of transferring your new riding skills to the saddle. 

    It has been proven that unmounted, correct rider specific Movement Patterns will train you to be a better rider.  Once your posture has been reset you can apply this in the saddle.

    A balanced riding posture that has symmetry, core strength and independent isolation skills, is the goal every rider is targeting. Better skills allow you and your horse to enjoy riding. The fighting will stop and the fun will begin.

    You need a starting point, this requires self-testing and understanding your own posture problems. Once you have your problems sorted you can start your training program. By training your core and fixing your muscle imbalances out of the saddle you will correct your own little habitual muscle problems.

    Pilates will only train your core in "neutral spine" Riders need the skill and strength to use their core in "non-neutral spine".

    By training your core and fixing your muscle imbalances out of the saddle you will correct your own little habitual muscle problems.

    Every Rider has Muscle Imbalances. What are yours?

    Once you address them:

    • you will stop confusing your horse and block him with your asymmetry's 
    • you will be able to sit upright and engage your seat effectively
    • you will be able to apply your lower leg with consistent correct aids
    • you will stop using the reins for balance and allow your horse to move forward
    • jumping will become fun and safe as you stay with your horse over fences 
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    The Applied Posture Riding Program will show how to identify your own muscle imbalances, your own weak areas, your own areas of stiffness and your own habits.

    Yes, we all have habits to be reset. Injury has a huge effect on your riding as does having a baby or just having a break from riding to live your life.

    Any asymmetry in your Posture will affect your riding.

    A dropped shoulder, twisted hips, a dominant hand, all affect your riding.

    The Core is the Basic Training For All Riders.

    Dressage is the Basic Training For All Horses.

    • Do you know if you have a weak core?  Yes! Do you know how to test it? No!
    • Do you suffer from lower back pain and been told to quit riding? Yes!
    • Do you know how to train yourself for riding? No!

    Correct Testing of all your muscles and then applying the correct movement patterns is what you need. Many riders are doing floor exercises and attending classes and still not changing their riding! Why? 

    • Exercises are not enough!
    • You need to have a starting point
    • You need to know your own  muscle imbalances
    • You need to know your own areas of weakness and stiffness
    • You need to know just how dominant or one-sided you are with your posturebefore and after APR
    • You will have habits and resting postures that affect your riding.

    Do you know what they are?.

    So Who am I?

    My name is Annette Willson. 

    I am a Physiotherapist. I am a retired elite rider and Functional Core Stability Training and Posture Training is my specialty.

    My program Applied Posture Riding is a complete program to train "The Fundamentals Of Riding With Your Core"

     You will learn:

    • all about the riding muscles function and anatomy
    • how to self-test your own muscles
    • how to do a core crunch
    • how to engage your core on demand
    • how to strengthen your core
    • how to use your core in daily life
    • how to train core for riding
    • how to train all your riding muscles
    • specific rider movement patterns
    • independent isolation for your seat, lower legs, and hands
    • floor, ball, and standing rider-specific exercises
    • finally, you will learn how to apply your new posture when riding

    So How Can You Buy My Applied Posture Riding Program?

    I have three different entry points and three different prices. You only need to choose one of these formats.

    1. The Applied Posture Riding E-Book  (Manual) Only.

    If you are on a budget and are happy to learn through reading and pictures then you have the option to buy the

    "Applied Posture Riding" E-Book (manual) as a stand-alone learning manual. 

    Once payment is complete you can download the E-Book as a PDF document. I offer full support via email to answer any questions.

     The purchase price is AU $102.30 (incl GST for Australian residents only)


    The Ultimate Learning Experience is in the Membership Mentoring  Program.

    Once you become an Applied Posture Riding Member you will have access to the program via a membership login. This mentoring program is the complete package offering step by step lessons from unmounted to applying your new skills in the saddle. The membership program includes the Ebook, all the videos, and a lot more content to enhance your learning.

    As a member you get.
    • The E-Book manual included.
    • All the Videos included.
    • The bonus education about posture and training included.
    • The rider videos transferring the training to the saddle.
    • Bonus videos about common rider problems.
    • Videos on how to fix common problems.
    • I will be continuing to add dressage and young horse training lessons.
    • I will also continue to add videos and info about injury and rehabilitation.
    • After Part 1and 2 have been established I have provided ongoing videos and support to continue your training.
    • You can contact me and ask any questions.
    • I am always available to teach and help I love what I do And I love the result riders have.
    • If you have any more qs just ask.
    • You can join via this link, scroll to the bottom of the page to see the join now button.  
    • Join The 12  Month Membership Program (and I have just extended this to 24months) and find out all the details of the program ($550 AUD)

     I am certain I can change the way you ride, if you want to discuss anything please contact me, I am happy to answer any questions.

  • Training The Horse Rider's Position

    Do You Sit Up Tall and Correct in the Saddle?                                              

    Are your Aids True and Effective Every Time?

    Does your horse know what you are asking of him?

     Training the horse rider position is complicated. There is more to riding than many understand. before and after APRThe horse riding posture needs to be trained out of the saddle and then practiced in the saddle. There is no point just training the end result, which is, the stable upright position. The end result is a posture that has a very good core and independent seat and lower leg movements. This is what we all want as horse riders. To achieve the end result the rider needs to practice the individual moving parts.

    A rider needs to practice specific horse rider exercises and then put them all together. A rider needs to discover what they lack as a rider as well. It is important to self-test and then self “fix’ your problems.

    The stable upright posture is the posture that all dressage riders want to achieve. It is the posture leisure and trails riders want to achieve. It is also wanted by riders who just want to have fun riding and be pain-free on their back. To achieve this rider needs to be fit and flexible and certainly have a very strong core muscle. A rider with a strong core will ride with skill and stability. Confidence and strength are also achieved. 

    The Horse-Riding Posture Must Be Trained Out Of The Saddle. This posture does not come from just riding alone, though. Riders must get out of the saddle and onto the floor to stretch and strengthen their horse riding muscle specifically for riding.

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    Equestrian Pilates is a must for every horse rider. How to ride a horse is all about learning about the muscles and movement patterns used for riding.  Core exercises prepare the rider for riding.  Stretches will increase the movement in the lower back and the pelvis so the rider can move in tune with the horse.

    My core exercises will strengthen the core and give the rider stability through the seat and lower leg. The ball and tubing exercises train all the posture muscles so a rider can achieve that upright straight but flexible riding posture. To gain the best knowledge in training the horse rider position have a look at one of the best available. This program is based around the concept of Equestrian Pilates.

    To change your riding join my Applied Posture Riding Membership Program.

    Please LIKE my Applied Posture Riding Facebook Page for tips and advice on training.

    Good luck and enjoy your riding. Remember to look at yourself before you blame the horse.