Pilates for riding
Align your spine for a perfect position and a supple seat
Training with horses several hours a day it is wonderful but if you are limited in strenght or movement, it could become very difficult.
If a horse is not worked through and supple, it cannot perform the movements. It is the same for riders: the more supple and fit you are in the core, the better you can perform.
Using Pilates exercises tailored for riding allows you to learn to switch on the ‘right’ muscles and turn off the ‘wrong’ ones, and to be aware of which you need and want to use. You can also have control over your body in the more difficult movements and situations, so you can help your horses with their balance rather than hindering them. Being able to move and use different muscles independently and in a supple and relaxed way, without any tension give you many advantages and improve your riding.
The Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early twentieth century. Pilates is a series of exercises designed to help your body to function better. Unlike many other types of exercise, it focuses on working the body from the inside out. Concentrating firstly on strenghtening the deep abdominal muscles that support the spine, the exercises then work progressively on all your other muscles, strenghtening weak ones and stretching tight ones. Over time, correct muscle balance can be restored promoting symmetry front to back, and left and right.
Other important benefits include mobility, flexibility and strenght, improved circulation and lymphatic drainage, reduction in posture related aches and pain and lower stress levels.
All these benfits improve your riding and are fundamental for horses welfare.