Fitness Training for Better Horse Riding

As you switch out the horse turnout rugs for riding gear, reach your maximum potential so you can watch your progress grow. As well as undergoing a fitness training routine with your horse, your own fitness ability makes a huge difference in your performance as a duo.

A skilled rider will be able to adapt with the movements of their horse, displaying high levels of balance, stamina, symmetry and strength. To help enhance your posture and take your riding capabilities to the next level, we’ve pulled together some effective exercises you can try out for yourself at home.

Glute bridges
Glute bridges

Glute bridges

Engaging the muscles in your lower back, glutes and hamstrings, this simple exercise requires no equipment and can be regularly practised wherever you may be. Start by laying flat on your back with your arms by your sides, palms down, and place the soles of your feet flat on the floor.

Use your glute muscles to lift away from the floor and line your knees up with your heels, creating a straight body from the knees to the shoulders. Lower your hips and repeat this movement, maintaining control by keeping a slow pace.

Superman fitness
Superman excercise

Superman

Being another common exercise that requires no preparation, the superman pose is great for your balance, back strength and spine muscles. Start by finding an area with plenty of space and lying flat on your front, stretching your arms and legs out.

Lift your right arm and left leg simultaneously, keeping your head down and maintaining a slow pace for maximum control. Alternate these movements, raising the opposite arm and leg each time to engage the whole body and keep your focus.

Bicycle crunch
Bicycle crunch

Bicycle crunch

This exercise is effective for strengthening the core, building up core muscles and enhancing upper body posture. Find an open space and lay on your back, placing your feet flat on the floor hip width apart. You want to lift your knees to a ninety degree angle and raise your upper body off of the floor too, placing your hands on the head with your elbows pointing outwards.

Start by moving your right elbow towards your left knee before returning to the original position and alternating to your left elbow against your right knee. The movement should be carried out with your core muscles, being sure to engage these as you repeat the process.

Albatross

Known for helping with upper body posture, this exercise is popular among riders as it focuses on the upper back and shoulder area. You will need to start laying front down on a flat surface, keeping your feet against the floor. Lift up your chest and arms, stretching them as wide as you can and holding this position for around 5 seconds if possible.

Keep your eyes looking down and your head straight, letting your upper body do the work and slowly lowering the arms back to their regular position. As you get used to the movement, aim to increase the number of seconds you are able to hold the posture for improved results.

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