Pilates for Equestrians

Pilates for the Equestrian

Create better balance and a deeper seat.

  • Is your horse frustrated by your miscommunicated aids?
  • Having trouble keeping a balanced and deep seat?
  • Fatigued after your ride?

Developed over time, anatomical imbalances may stem from physiology, posture and lifestyle; these imbalances will impact the teamwork you’re building with you and your horse.  Pilates is a great alternative to saddle time.  How you move when not riding will affect your effectiveness while riding.  Ineffective imbalances often result in asymmetries; asymmetries greatly affect movement and alignment, resulting in impediments including, but not limited to:

  • Forward head
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Tightness and lordosis and kyphosis (curving in the lower back)
  • SI joint issues


Why Pilates?

Pilates exercises increase your body awareness, and improve flexibility, balance, and strength. Pilates helps equestrians:

  • Encourages a healthy, supple spine
  • Strengthen the front body (the core) and your back body (which stabilize the body)
  • Encourages a deeper seat
  • Re-educate the body to move parts independently of each other.


Performance Benefits

With a strong core and increased flexibility, riders can:

  • Freely and gently move arms and legs around a stable base
  • Help clarify aids and hold jumping form
  • Avoid collapsing and bouncing in the saddle
  • Better absorb a horse’s movement
  • Improve posture to help you deepen your seat
  • Increase comfort during and after your ride
  • Maintain neutral pelvis so you can easily follow your horse’s movements

Develop a respectful relationship (on the ground and while mounted), where your horse responds to your commands and is confident in your ability.

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