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. The 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 very strong core muscles. 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.
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 on the concept of Equestrian Pilates.
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Good luck and enjoy your riding. Remember to look at yourself before you blame the horse.