Horse riding coaches are recommending core strength training for all horse riders. The topic “how to ride a horse” must include posture education and core training. Pilates can help but Pilates classes will not always teach a horse rider how to use their core in the saddle. Pilates does not teach riders how to use their core outside or “Neutral Spine”.
There are many exercises that will strengthen the core. A large number of core strengthening exercises can be done at home with no equipment while some require the use of equipment and gadgets.
As a Functional Core Stability coach, I teach the core crunch, this is a very important core exercise for the horse rider.
Core Exercises for The Horse Rider
As a horse rider, though, it is important to be able to use the core in the saddle for strength, balance, stability, and skill. The core exercises out of the saddle aim to strengthen the core, but it is also important to train the core using specific movement patterns used in the saddle.
Stretches are a must and so is protecting and controlling back pain.
If you want more information on these topics, have a look at my Applied Posture Riding Membership Program. This Pilates-based exercises program is a great simple program to teach riders how to ride using exercises that are horse-rider-specific.
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Good luck and enjoy your riding. Annette Willson Remember to do your core exercises.