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.
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
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)
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
Want to know my biggest pet peeve as a clinician and a strength and conditioning specialist? Doing calf raises to help a rider's lower leg get "stronger". It may be one of the most common things to see in rider's, that pesky lower leg that just won't stay where we want it to. Trouble keeping … Continue reading Is your leg working for you or against you?