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Rider Fitness

  Here are some ideas you can put together once a week for snacks, plus meals to bring to work, the gym or the barn to increase your energy from the inside. For more tips on increasing your barn energy,...
Riding a horse in winter

Fit Rider: Ride Frost-Free

While days outside at the barn during the winter might seem impossible, they can actually be the most fun and rewarding because you know you’ve put in the effort while others may have just given up. Here are some tips to...
Throughout the year, we’ve been focusing on your physical fitness and strength, but there’s a very important aspect to riding horses that we can’t ignore: the mental side of it. Like your legs and your core, you need to...
Woman with horse and hay net

Barn Strong

  Equestrians know that riding horses is just a small part of what we do. That’s our vacation from the grind of back-breaking chores around the farm: mucking stalls, stacking hay bales, carrying bags of grain and sweeping aisles. While...
  These are the days we want to be outside and active. But it’s important to remember that working out and riding in the heat comes with a few hazards, too. Some risks to be prepared for in the summer...
Riding your horse is a workout. We’ve been exploring ways to get physically fit for riding in the Fit Rider column in Horse Illustrated this year. But have you thought about appropriate fuel for the ride? A lot of equestrians...
Photos Courtesy Auburn Athletics Department Winter can be rough for even the most dedicated riders and exercisers. It’s not always easy to get back into the swing of your normal activities. If you took a few months off from riding...
  Ask anyone what core exercises they typically do, and you’ll probably hear "a lot of crunches.” It seems simple enough—lie on your back with your knees bent and hands laced behind your head, and contract your abdominal muscles as...
You already pay close attention to your horse's fitness, but to be a better, more effective rider for your horse, take a holistic look at your own wellness, too. In Horse Illustrated's Fit Rider series, we offer some techniques...
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