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Pilates for Horse Riders Courses starting January 2023

Would you like to improve your riding? The Equestrian industry is increasingly recognising the benefits of Pilates for rider fitness and equine wellness. Pilates can improve your posture and alignment in the saddle, your aids can become subtler through improved balance and your confidence can blossom. The simplest way to think of a riders influence on a horse is to consider the impact of carrying the rider. How does the distribution of their bodyweight affect the horse? Have you ever carried a backpack with uneven straps or uneven weight in it? Unbalanced distribution of the riders bodyweight in the saddle can make it harder to execute your aid correctly and lead to confusion in the horse. The horse cannot determine what is an aid being applied. This can lead to frustration for both you and your horse. Our asymmetries and compensatory patterns can also affect the horse’s performance and may over time lead to veterinary/equine osteopathy intervention. This may all sound familiar.

I am running my first Fit2Sit Rider Pilates course in January 2023. It will start on Friday the 6th of January at 7-8pm @ West Sunnyside Equestrian Centre and will run for 4 weeks. This will be a trial block of classes so there will be a reduced fee of £40 for the block.

The course can be booked at

In addition to the class you will receive weekly resources to work on at home. I know how hard it can be fitting Pilates into a busy equestrian schedule especially in winter. It can feel like a mammoth undertaking. However, the benefits are massive.

Pilates helps equestrians:

  • Lengthen the spine and strengthen the core, which stabilizes the body in movement

  • Sculpt a stronger body with increased flexibility, strength, and balance

  • Create a deeper seat and enhance the suppleness of the lower back

  • Strengthen the abdominals

  • Increase hip independence

  • Increase leg and body length

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 trusting riding relationship, where your horse responds to your commands and is confident in your ability

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