Riding - Rider Fitness

DO RIDERS NEED TO BE SYMMETRICAL OR HAVE A BALANCED SEAT?

Do riders need to be symmetrical?   What is more important, a sound balance seat or being symmetrical? It's hard to believe, but these can be two different things.   You may have been told previously that being symmetrical is…

Understanding your health needs is as important as understanding your horses health!

Understanding your health needs is as important as understanding your horses health!   Generally I have found riders look after their horses way better than their own health. As we all have our own unique blueprint of DNA (unless you…

Will improving our fitness rather than waistlines make us healthier and better riders?

Are you fit to ride?There have been a number of discussions recently about overweight riders on too small ponies.A working group under the chairmanship of the British Equestrian Federation, with support from World Horse Welfare, has now been formed. The…

10 MOST ASKED QUESTIONS by riders wanting to improve their riding with the help of Biomechanics

10 most asked questions to a biomechanics coach    Article written by hms Specialist Biomechanics Coach, Libby Upton.1. Q As a rider, how would I and my horse benefit from seeing a biomechanics coach?A. Working with a biomechanics coach can…

ACHIEVE 'SYMMETRY IN THE SADDLE' AND IMPROVE YOUR STABILITY AND STRENGTH - What to expect from your biomechanics screening

The screening is an 'off the horse' assessment where we look at how key   joints, muscles and nerves are functioning. All it requires is for us to be able to see your ankle bones and for you to wear…

3 QUICK EXERCISES TO TRY BEFORE GETTING IN THE SADDLE

Whether you're a new rider, a returner or a regular rider, one thing is for sure - exercising off the horse will help to improve your riding when you are back on board!Here are three quick exercises you can use:If…

THE SITTING ATHLETE - Is your riding being affected by what you do outside your sport?

Chris Kitson I don't just guess, I assess Dip ITS, MBCA   'After spending a few days performing biomechanics screens and sports massage on riders at a horse camp, one thing kept on creeping up which was what riders were…

RIDING IN HARMONY - Ella improves her riding posture, balance and strength

Earlier this year Horse Answers Today together with Human Movement Systems launched a competition for one lucky reader to win a course of biomechanics coaching sessions.  Ella Yabbacome-Laycock- Ivory, 23 year old BHS qualified riding instructor from Nottinghamshire was that…
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