Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we cannot achieve the position, seat and “feel” in the saddle that we know should be possible.
Whilst hours in the saddle do help to develop our position/seat/feel, there are often restrictions with in our bodies that hold us back. Essentially, unless we address these before we put a foot into the stirrup, it tends to be a very uphill struggle!
I have been lucky enough to ride full time in the past, but I wish I had known then what I know now. How often does your instructor ask you to alter your position/weight and your efforts just result in tension and compensation patterns?
Riding should be a happy and rewarding experience for both horse and rider….. we spend a fortune on lessons, tack, supplements, physio/chiropractor/massage for our beloved beasts but so often we give little attention to our own bodies.
On average I now ride just one or two horses most days, this is not a lot - yet I am happier now with my position/seat/feel that I have ever been. Obviously we never stop learning and honing our skills; confidence is a great motivator - confidence comes from knowledge - knowing what you need to do to get the results you want.
As an Equipilates instructor I offer Rider Focused Pilates Classes - which focus on areas that riders typically need to address and improve upon in order to progress towards their riding goals. Whether your goal is to feel more confident whilst out hacking, or to maintain perfect balance and symmetry through a line of one time changes, Equipilates can help.
In addition to classes, I offer individual Equipilates Rider Biomechanics Sessions. These are focused on your specific restrictions. The sessions include Intrinsic Biomechanics Screening, Assessment on Gym Ball and Saddle Horse (you bring your saddle(s) with you) followed by a personal programme to address your particular challenges, to improve your awareness in the saddle and to achieve the position/seat/feel that enables you to reach your goals.
I also offer Equipilates instruction on your horse. This enables us to address how your horse’s challenges influence your position (and vice versa).
If you would like some more information please do get in touch.
Rider specific classes:
Wednesday 7.30 - 8.30pm, Back into Action, Pamington
Thursday 9.00 - 10.00am, Birlingham Village Hall