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PILATES

Equipilates-Pilates for Riders

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Mat based Pilates helps to re-educate movement patterns and enables us to become more symmetrical. The mat provides tactile feedback as to the position of our body, for example – how much weight are we putting through each leg when we attempt to list our bottom from the floor when performing the bridge position. Pilates not only improves postural awareness, but it builds core strength essential for maintain the correct riding position and providing stability when the horse spooks unexpectedly.

Pilates on the Swiss Ball helps with balance. Balance is essential component of any riding practice whether jumping or riding a dressage movement. If we are correctly balanced on the horse the horse is free to perform to the best of its ability.

We often spend hours training the horse but in reality how often do we spend training ourselves? The horse is only one part of the equation we are the other.  To have an effective partnership both the horse and rider need to be balances and working in harmony.

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