Riding multiple times a week does not automatically translate to being in top condition. Just like any athlete, physical prowess is essential to success in the show ring. To effectively communicate with our partner, we use solely our bodies which require training for control. Just like a football, baseball, or basketball player trains in the gym to maintain and manipulate the ball, we must train our bodies to successfully manage our “equipment” – which happens to be living, breathing, and thinking. This training is referred to as cross-training – a fitness program designed to complement the athletic requirements of the sport done in addition to regular practice.
With that said, not all conditioning programs are created equal. Riding uses particular muscles and movement patterns different from other sports and as a result requires rider specific training. In other words, equestrian fitness programs performed out of the saddle are tailored to enhance the rider’s skills in the saddle. This type of training develops core stability, balance, strength/endurance, and flexibility/suppleness while improving seat/posture, aids/cues, muscle imbalances, body