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How Pilates classes can make you a better Horse Rider

19th May 2017

How Pilates classes can make you a better Horse Rider
Handling a 1200 pound horse can be quite daunting, especially if you are riding fairly quickly. Professional jockeys and equestrian's have to have great balance, strength, flexibility and focus, especially in a competitive environment.

However, even if you're not trying to win Olympic gold in the dressage and you just ride horseback for fun, it's still important to make sure you have a strong and stable spine and good posture to reduce any chance of injury.

The benefits of Pilates for Horse Riders

Posture

Posture is arguably the most important factor in the success of a horse rider. It is vital to have good balance, stability and coordination. All of your postural muscles need to be strong and have endurance for you to be a good horse rider. Riding a horse is essentially a series of static postures and dynamic movements. Pilates will help to build balanced strength on all sides of the body.

Breathing

When we compete in sport, the adrenaline is pumping and sometimes we can forget to breathe. However if you want to reach peak performance, the body needs oxygen. Horse riding is actually very intense on the body, so requires a lot of focus and a stable core. By breathing more laterally, the lower back and ribcage will expand and stop the shoulders from lifting. This will give you the maximum output.

Flexibility

This one seems obvious, but it really is critical. You have to be flexible to be a horse rider, whether you're an pro or a beginner. If you sit with a rigid spine and body you are almost guaranteed to pick up an injury. Your body needs to be flexible and supple so that it can absorb the movement of the horse. It's even more important in case you fall off. If your body is flexible you are less like to sustain a bad impact injury.

Focus

As a horse rider, especially a competitive one, it is vital to be focused. Every interaction with the horse, every movement has to be precise and perfect. This is something that Pilates will help with. Pilates is all about precision, whether it be of the mind or the body.

How to find a Pilates class for horse riding?

If you're looking to improve your horse riding, you really should consider a Pilates class. Pilates is a fairly low cost and easy to maintain activity that will have immediate benefits to your riding and general wellbeing.

It's easy to find a local class. All you need to do is head onto Pilates Near You's homepage and search using your zipcode. This will help to identify the nearest local Pilates studios and Pilates Instructors.

If you're looking for a specific style such as a beginners Pilates mat class or a reformer pilates classes then you can even refine your search on the menu.

Once you've found the right class, then you can contact the instructor or book yourself online! Alternatively, if you're searching on an iPhone, download the NearYou App and it's even easier to find the class you need...

Download the 'NearYou' App here!