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.
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
The theme lately has been INTENTION. Figuring out what you want, using visualization and kinesthetic awareness to get it communicated to your horse. Something we don't often hear about is habitual movement patterns, or holding patterns. We humans store A LOT in our physical tissues. Issues and tissues go together long before Kleenex made that … Continue reading Holding Patterns and Your Performance
Originally posted on our sister companies site, http://www.katmahtraining.com From the day we start riding we were told to get our heels down as far as we can. Keeping the heels down and the toes up is a common thing to want to instil into a new rider, mainly for safety reasons. Us riders spend most of … Continue reading The Heels Down Conundrum
Fallen arches? Bad knees? Plantar Fasciitis? Back Pain? Headaches? Leg slipping back? Stiff seat? Can't sit the trot? Crap lateral work? Did you know all those things can be linked back to your foot posture and your ability to balance/control your posture? As humans, we use balance and proprioception (body awareness) almost constantly in and … Continue reading Connect Your Seat and Lower Leg with This Simple Move