Are you working too hard?

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?

No Stirrups November- Some Thoughts from a Fitness Professional

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

Holding Patterns and Your Performance

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

Are you doing it wrong?

"Tuck your ribs" "Suck in your tummy" "Squeeze your abs" "..belly button to spine" You've probably heard one, if not all of those, at some point in your fitness endeavours. Whether it's yoga, physiotherapy, pilates, a bootcamp, or just from a trainer or article... those are all common ways for people to describe core "activation". … Continue reading Are you doing it wrong?

Five Must-Dos for Surviving Marathon Competitions (*OD-ing on lattes isn’t one of them)

As WEF comes to an end and those of us living in the Arctic head into our competitive season, kicked off ceremoniously as always by the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair and Spring Classics in Alberta, it's time we talked about avoiding that mid-competition burn out. Riders are unique in many ways, one of them being … Continue reading Five Must-Dos for Surviving Marathon Competitions (*OD-ing on lattes isn’t one of them)

The Heels Down Conundrum

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