Equipilates Ridden Assessment?
With Tracy Crook, Physio, Pilates & EquiPilates Instructor
The horse and rider must work in harmony for optimal athletic performance. If the rider sits to one side, takes more weight on one bottom cheek than the other, collapses to one side or has a tendency to elevate one shoulder this will result in compensatory movement patterns in the horse.
When assessing the rider on the horse, the rider wears a “visualise jacket” designed by Centaur Biomechanics. Tracy documents postural asymmetries and discusses these with the rider from an anatomical perspective and explains how they may effect the way that the horse moves. Tracy gives the rider Pilates based exercises that can be practiced both on and off the horse together with detailed feedback that can be used by their regular riding instructor.