Above All Else, Be Flexible

Above All Else, Be Flexible
Flexibility may not be the first focus that comes to mind when discussing rider fitness. Unless we have very short legs and a very broad horse, flexibility training may seem to be an unnecessary part of a typical Rider Fitness program. Quite the opposite. Particularly as we get a little long in the tooth, flexibility training becomes one of the... Read More

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

Rider Fitness Tip: Incline Push-Up

Rider Fitness Tip: Incline Push-Up
Some fitness professionals consider the push-up the ‘perfect exercise’ and it is easy to see why. The push-up requires no equipment other than you and works many parts of your body all at once.  Not only does the push-up work your chest, but it also works your triceps and  your core (huge bonus for riders). The push-up also helps create... Read More