This month’s unmounted exercise improves mobility in your back and hips, helps relieve tightness, and is very effective for opening the hips. Having a mobile back and hips is essential for maintaining an independent seat when you ride, and for allowing your horse to move more freely underneath you. As with most of these exercises, doing them three to four times a week is ideal.
The very first Equestrian Spotlight is on a topic I’ve wanted to explore for a while. I was delighted when Lucy Summers agreed to share some insight, and her interview makes for delightfully inspiring reading!
This month’s unmounted exercise can not only improve your riding posture, but help alleviate tightness and open up the muscles that we subconsciously tighten during the day, leading to slouching, and general poor posture. As with most of these exercises, doing them three to four times a week is ideal.
This month’s unmounted exercise is a simple yet effective one, and it’s something I usually mention to all the riders I coach at one point or another! Doing this exercise three to four times a week is ideal for improvement of your lower leg position when riding.
Trigger stacking is something we’ve all experienced, whether in ourselves or our animals. It’s something I am very aware of (and try to avoid!) when working with horses as it can often result in explosive unwanted behaviour.