The Riding-Pilates Connection
The key ingredients of EQUESTRIAN PILATES® are the essence of great riding. When these ingredients are mastered off the horse they become powerful tools for a great ride.
Strength allows proper use of all systems for movement and protection. A rider needs functional strength to correctly cue the horse and stay balanced in the saddle.
Balance gives the ability to apply strength and flexibility to maintain effective use of the seat, hands and legs while riding. Without proper balance riders often find their seat ineffective.
Flexibility allows strength to be used in proper form and prevents injury. Flexible muscles and joints give the body the ability to move freely and easily both on and off the horse. Flexible, balanced bodies more easily absorb the shock of the horse’s movement allowing the horse and rider to move together in fluid motion.
Awareness teaches the rider how to notice, feel and focus on how their body moves intentionally or unintentionally while they ride.
Once we have mastered these key ingredients in our own bodies we can use these new found abilities to focus on our horse’s flexibility, balance and strength. This is the beginning of a truly great ride, one in which we move in tandem and grace with our horse.
Working with a certified EQUESTRIAN PILATES® teacher can be a great experience as all of us are avid riders and Pilates teachers. We love to spend our time watching riders and figuring out what they need to improve at their sport. Since we understand the demands of riding from our own riding experience, it gives us the cutting edge as trainers to help you get the most from your favorite riding sport.