Applied Posture Riding - how to ride in balance

  • How To Ride a Horse. Balance Exercises

    As a rider coach seeing and hearing about poor balance in the saddle is common.

    So many horse riders have poor balance. This is evident at the trot and especially the canter. The horse and rider seem to be out of tune with each other. It is not always the horse's fault. For a horse and rider to be in tune, first the horse must have even and regular paces. Horse riding is a 73difficult skill to learn.

     A lot of racehorses off the track have major problems in this area and need a lot of gentle training to stop them leaning on the bit or charging through it all the time. Racehorses are taught to balance on the bit so a rider taking on an ex-racer must teach the horse otherwise or this rider will learn to balance back on the reins and the cycle is set up. I teach my ex-racers to work with no contact, first, and then go through a whole process of re-balancing.

    My training is slow, repetitive, and consistent. The horse has to understand what he has to do before it is successful. This is only as effective as the rider, though. I am a balanced rider and I teach horse riders HOW TO balance with specialized balance exercises.  As a Physiotherapist, I train many people in my practice about balance and muscle control. These exercises are valid for horse riders. How to ride a horse with a balance must be practiced out of the saddle before it can be trained in the saddle.

    How To Ride A Horse Balance Exercises

    Balance exercises on the floor are easy to learn. Balance exercises on a moving horse can only be successful once you have actually established this skill on the floor.

    How To Ride A Horse Balance Exercises

    I believe and have proved over and over the key to balance in the saddle is establishing the lower leg first. Once a rider has this skill they can move onto training the core and aiming for a deep independent skill full seat. This will only happen by training many composites of the horse riding posture and not the final result. When we learn a new skill at any sport we do drills to learn the sport, horse riders seem to miss this and try and sit upright and still straight away.

    Many fail and look for a new instructor. It is not your instructor's knowledge to teach you how to ride a horse, their skill is different but they do recognize that rider is having major problems in this area. How to ride a horse is a phrase goggled 1000s of times. DSC 0092People and horse riders looking for balance exercises realize how important they are. I am a rider coach I love teaching horse riders to ride to their best skill.

    If you have the passion to learn I have the passion to teach you

     Start with my Applied Posture Riding Membership Program.

    I promise your riding will change once you learn about yourself and about the horse riding posture and movement patterns to train it.

    If you have any questions about my program or your riding or the braces I recommend for riders then use the contact page and sent me a note. I am able to respond to most emails quickly. Please be respectful I cannot give medical advice without a full consult.

    Enjoy your riding and good luck. Remember to look at yourself before your blame your horse

    How to ride a horse is my specialty.

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  • How To Ride a Horse..Well

    How to ride a horse is a very hard topic to discuss.

    200,000 people type this keyword into Google every month, it is one of the most used long tail keywords searched by google.

    This certainly says something about the popularity of the sport, horse riding. It also suggests that people are looking for an online instructional video to teach them about horse riding, rather than one on one coaches. “How to ride a horse?” is a very broad question. Many horse riders ask "how to sit still at the trot” or “how to stay upright at the canter ” These are specific questions from horse riders who are having riding problems. 

    Erin and Leanne Home feb 2012 085 Beginners are taught to sit up straight, keep their back straight and legs still, and never balance on the reins. Well, this is certainly the outcome horse riders want to achieve but it is impossible to achieve this without breaking it up and looking at what is required for each of these body parts to be independent.

    To be able to sit up straight on a horse for a number of minutes let alone an hour requires strength and endurance from all the stomach and back muscles. The core needs to be strong and engaged all the time. The lower back muscles need to be strong and coordinated with the abdominal muscles.

    The lower back joints need to be flexible but also very stable. These are the individual components of horse riding that are neglected and therefore not achieved. The end result is reflected in the horse riding posture. Weakness, poor balance, and instability all affect the horse riders' skills. 

    These core exercises teach riders how to find, test, and use their core muscles for horse riding. The stretches are specific to the movement required for riding. If you are having trouble riding, lack strength has had an injury, or are just starting out with riding then learning from an expert is the go. Have a look at the program and join my Applied Posture Riding Membership Program.

    I love teaching horse riders how to ride.

    Good luck and enjoy your riding Annette Willson.

    Look at yourself before you blame the horse.  

    How To Ride a Horse, an interesting topic.