Strong Body, Soft Aids

Strong Body, Soft Aids
Is it surprising to find strength training as a foundation focus in a sport that requires finesse and softness? On the surface, strength seems to have no place in rider fitness, horse riding or horse training. With the increased popularity of ‘starting’ a colt rather than ‘breaking’ a horse, training that emphasizes a relationship with your equine partner rather than... Read More

Balance: The Companion of Core Stability

Balance: The Companion of Core Stability
The ability of a rider to remain in balance while riding is unquestionably one of the five foundation focuses of rider fitness. Ask any rider who has had an unexpected lesson in the power of gravity! First, a rider needs to develop balance in a stationary position (sitting in the saddle while not moving).  Then she can progress to developing... Read More