Have you seen DTs NEW "Rider Fitness" column?

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In case you missed the first two, here's a recap.

Our first column ran in the May issue and focused on "A Better Sitting Trot." Master Pilates Instructor and author Janice Dulak provided us with three exercises to help loosen your hips, including the Backward Walk?an exercise that Janice says is a good first step toward loosening the front musculature of your hips. You can see the full exercise on page 25 of the May issue, and find more from Janice in her book Pilates for the Dressage Rider and her DVD "Nine Pilates Essentials for the Balanced Rider" (both can be found at HorseBooksEtc.com).

The second column ("Unmounted Show Warm-Up") ran in April, our Annual Show Issue. Pilates instructor and British Horse Society-trained riding instructor Rebecca Ashton gave us five exercises to help get you mentally focused and physically aware before you ride. One of the exercises was the Flat Back?an exercise that tests the strength of your back extensors and abdominals. Ashton points out that this particular exercise will help you stay tall and elegant in the saddle for longer periods of time. Now who doesn't want that? Check out her article on page 16 of the April issue, or her video demonstrating each movement at dressagetoday.com (http://www.equisearch.com/horses_riding_training/english/dressage/rider-fitness-unmounted-show-warm-up/).

It's been a fantastic column to work on, and all of us at DT are excited to bring you more. Keep an eye out for upper body conditioning exercises for posture, balance and independent hands by Australian Pilates instructor Helen Fletcher. And another upcoming column, written by freelance writer Debra Rankin, will introduce us to BioRider Fitness, an at home fitness training program used by Olympian Steffen Peters and his student Brandi Roenick.

Let us know what you think!

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