Regardless of what discipline or what goals you have as a rider, one of the most common things to hear is the chronic tale of horse's falling in or dropping their shoulder during turns. We know this can make all the difference between a clear round or faster jump off, or percentage points in the … Continue reading Want more balanced bends? Get your ribcage in order.
We so often work on our horse’s conditioning and mobility, yet neglect our own. I’ve seen all sorts of equine issues disappear in minutes once we get the rider riding more functionally! Riding is a sport where the common denominator for the human member of the team is pain and dysfunction, two things that are … Continue reading Top 3 Rider Lower Leg Issues
In University I had a prof that would make us take magazine articles on fitness and dissect them, calling out any blatant errors or marketing grabs that were incorrect based on appropriate exercise science and biomechanics... So.. prepare yourself... This article from FEI.org came across my newsfeed the other day, and I hesitated on clicking … Continue reading Article Analysis (and Rant) #1
The catch word of “mindfulness” has been floating around a lot in recent years, but I still come across many athletes who haven’t been introduced to the basics of mindfulness. Being mindful isn’t necessarily a exercise you can do three sets of ten a day and expect immediate change from, but similar to how I … Continue reading Mindfulness 101
Alignment is one of the core things I work with my clients on. Whether it’s in the saddle with their horse, or on the ground in various contexts- stacking our joints efficiently is a big part in effectively moving, performing and living a healthy life. One thing we often forget about when it comes to … Continue reading The Psychosomatics of Alignment
Equestrians have a culture of pushing through pain. Though, what many fail to realize- pain is generally not a beneficial thing to push through in terms of longevity in our health and performance. If we are in pain and negatively stressed- we’re more likely to experience burnout, injuries, illnesses, and lower adherence to exercise programs. … Continue reading Are you working too hard?
Don’t get me wrong… I’m 100% for feeling the burn and making those riding muscles work without the aid of those things we put our feet in. I just have a few things I need to get out about the entire month dedicated to riding without stirrups. As any rider who came up through a lesson … Continue reading No Stirrups November- Some Thoughts from a Fitness Professional