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.
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 have 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.