RID­ING TAKES CO­OR­DI­NA­TION, BAL­ANCE, STRENGTH, AND STAMINA;

Horse & Rider - - Practice Pen -

rid­ing well asks even more of you as a rider. It re­quires horse­man­ship skill, as well as a foun­da­tion of over­all fit­ness so you can keep up with your horse, cue and steer, and school him. If you’re not phys­i­cally and men­tally up to the chal­lenge, then you hin­der your horse’s growth as an ath­lete and your own de­vel­op­ment as a rider. This holds you back from achiev­ing your rid­ing-re­lated goals.

If you want to step up your rid­ing, or just get back to base­line af­ter a break, tak­ing your per­sonal fit­ness se­ri­ously gets you there faster and safely. Here we iden­tify the five most com­mon fit­ness-re­lated in­hibitors that stunt rid­ing suc­cess. You’ll learn how each af­fects your in-sad­dle ef­fec­tive­ness, and then how to rem­edy the prob­lem with ex­er­cise. Plus we’ll pro­vide a sad­dle-ready cir­cuit to get you mov­ing at home or at the barn—no gym mem­ber­ship re­quired.

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