Pilates for Horse Riders
Pilates is important for horse riders to increase trunk and pelvis stability which is essential for maintaining correct posture while riding. Greater body control and trunk strength while riding and jumping enhances performance, endurance and reduces risk of injury.
How it works
Pilates is an excellent way of fine tuning performance and gaining a greater, more effective relationship with your horse. Pilates works by strengthening the stability muscles of the body such as the deep core, pelvic and shoulder muscles. Exercises are progressed through from Growlates to the Prolates level as core, pelvic floor, gluteal and rotator cuff shoulder strength increases.
Increasing the strength of these muscles improves your posture, body position and overall control of your horse. Pilates exercises correct muscle imbalance by strengthening specific muscles and improving your overall load and weight distribution on your horse.
Pilates also involves various stretching motions which help to relieve tightness and aid shock absorbency while riding. This ensures that body movements delivered to the horse are understood and gain the correct response.
Benefits of Pilates for Horse Riders
Benefits of Pilates for horse riders include:
- Increased overall body strength and control
- Improved posture
- Equalised weight distribution
- Greater power production and endurance
- Reduced stress on joints such as the spine and pelvis
- Improving communication of instruction between you and your horse
- Enhanced performance
- Reduced risk of injury
- Quicker recovery post injury
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