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Rider Fitness

Rider wellbeing is crucial in order to continue participating in riding and equestrian sports. That includes rider fitness, mental wellbeing, and overall health. Horse Illustrated topics include yoga, meditation, losing weight, exercises to do on and off the horse, improving core strength, riding into middle and old age, breathing exercises, battling back pain, not getting overheated in hot weather riding, how to eat better, and more. Learn tips and tricks for rider fitness and to get healthier and stay that way so that you can ride well into your golden years. Your horse will like having a healthy owner to depend on for his care, and a fit rider is a better rider.

Spring Forward with SMART Goals and Journaling

Spring is a crucial time to start getting your horse slowly back in shape and reach your goals for later…

3 days ago

Barn Banter – Episode 3 from title sponsor Straight Arrow Products

In the Horse Illustrated podcast Barn Banter episode 3, hosts Susan Friedland and Raquel Lynn chat with Taryn Young and Natalie Gavi…

2 weeks ago

Try Somatic Horsemanship

"Our bodies are our temples, and horses lead us to the altar.” ~ Beverley Kane, M.D. What brings you that…

2 weeks ago

Avoiding Confirmation Bias: An Excerpt from “Bolder, Braver, Brighter” by Coach Daniel Stewart

Few things will stand between you and successfully training your horse more than you and your thoughts when those thoughts…

1 month ago

Competing with Horses: Mental Preparation with Warwick Schiller

When competing with horses, there are a lot of things you can’t control. You can’t control the schedule. You can’t…

4 months ago

Fit Rider: Pilates for Equestrians

Whether you’re a novice rider or a passionate and experienced equestrian, riding is physically demanding and requires a considerable degree…

8 months ago

Overcoming Fear After a Riding Accident

When I got back into riding five years ago, it had been eight years since I had really been around…

8 months ago

Physical Therapy for Equestrians

Horseback riding is a physical sport, and our bodies battle everything from nagging soreness and mild discomfort to full-blown pain…

8 months ago

Lessons Learned From Horses

We often think about what we can teach our horses: to stay in a frame, to load onto a trailer,…

11 months ago

Destress and Make Barn Time Fun Again

Losing momentum due to life’s many energy and time drains is difficult enough to cope with—family demands, work stress and…

11 months ago