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.
Do you have what it takes to be a rider? Are you up to snuff athletics wise, or are you relying on your horse to do all the work? I’ve devised a “simple” test for you to try, to see if you meet what should be a standard for riders across the sport fitness wise. … Continue reading Fit to Ride?
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
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?
There are a few things that are important for a warm-up. We riders don't necessarily need to go for your typical 5-10 min cardio warm-up, as often the routine tasks of grooming, tacking up, and other barn things get the blood flowing. Something that is great for us, though, is warming up the movement patterns … Continue reading Pre-Ride Sequence for Mobile Hips and Stable Shoulders