Horses and riders are both athletes. Maximize your own health and fitness to take your dressage training to the next level with these articles on rider fitness, sport psychology for equestrians, injury management and more.
Fitness Tip of the Month: Exercises to build a better back (part 1)
Heather Sansom describes an exercise to help strengthen back muscles, helping riders develop a sense of relaxed strength.
Rider Fitness: Equestrian Rehabilitation
Unmounted exercises to improve your body for success in the dressage saddle.
Try This Hip Lift Exercise to Reduce Pain
As the muscles surrounding your spine and hips get stronger, they support the joints more effectively.
Rider Fitness Tip of the Month: Improve Your Dressage Seat, Stabilize Your Pelvis
Unmounted exercises to prepare your body for success in the dressage saddle.
Rider Fitness Tip of the Month: Fixing Floppy Legs
Unmounted rider exercises to fix floppy legs.
Six Steps to Calm Your Dressage Show Anxiety
Try this advice from Jane Karol, which includes proven methods for overcoming show anxiety to help you perform at your best.
Rider Fitness Tip of the Month: Engage Your Hindquarters
This fitness tip offers an exercise to help you strengthen your gluteals and hamstrings allowing you to 'engage your hindquarters' and use your seat more correctly.
Rider Fitness Tip of the Month: Staying Fit as Your Body Changes
Use these guidelines if you need to adapt your riding fitness program because of changes in your body due to injury or aging.
Rider Fitness Tip of the Month: Fixing Back Pain
Find out what factors may be causing you back pain when you ride and learn some exercises to help strengthen your back and relieve the pain.
Rider Fitness Tip of the Month: Supple Your Back
This rider fitness tip from Heather Sansom shows you how to improve the suppleness of your back to help you move with your horse.