Pilates for Horse Riders (Private)


Pilates for horse riders helps creates a balanced, flexible, and strong rider. It is commonly accepted now that horse and rider mirror one another.

How a rider moves off the horse is how they move on the horse. Increasing biomechanical function and awareness of how you move while riding, desired or not, dramatically improves riding skill. A balanced, flexible, and strong rider can more easily develop these same skills in their horse.

Pilates for horse riders help the rider notice more quickly the mistakes they are making. Many riders have a natural ability to assess their horse’s movements either by watching them move or feeling them move while they ride. The rider’s ability to be aware of his/her body is a major determining factor in maximizing EQUESTRIAN PILATES® training and optimizing riding ability. When riders become more aware of their body on and off the horse they see a dramatic improvement in their riding.

Pilates for horse riders will strengthen your core. The core is the shock absorber, protective wrap, and power source of the body. It is comprised of the muscles that support the spine, connect the front to the back of the body, and provide strength to maintain body balance, alignment, and posture.

Increasing core strength keeps the rider strong and supple, strengthens the back and thus reduces back pain, encourages the horse to collect and use his hind end, avoids unnecessary movement in all parts of the body, prevents collapsing, twisting, bouncing, or bobbing in the rest of the body, enhances stability and balance in the saddle, improves communication with the horse, and strengthens the seat making it more effective and independent.

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