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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.

U.S. Equestrian Offers New Health Insurance Benefits to Members

In an effort to make member health benefits a top priority, United States Equestrian recently introduced health insurance benefits for…

4 months ago

My Saddle is Crippling Me: The Effects of a Poor-Fitting Saddle on the Rider’s Body

I pride myself on giving my pony the best of everything: a relaxed barn with ample turnout, regular bodywork, and…

4 months ago

Fit Rider: Three Horses, One Rider

So many horses, so little time. Keeping multiple horses fit and trained can be a big challenge when you also…

8 months ago

Meditation for Equestrians

You know those days when everything goes wrong? You miss the lead change during a big competition. Your horse spooks…

1 year ago

Fit Rider: The Trainer Relationship

Whether we are getting back into riding after years away or preparing for a national competition, the connection we have…

1 year ago

Fit Rider: Mind, Body, Horse

Yoga has worked its way into the fabric of modern culture, and with good reason: Studies suggest regular yoga practice…

2 years ago

Fit Rider: Yoga Poses for Core Strength

As an equestrian, it is important to be fit in and out of the saddle. Read on to learn more…

2 years ago

Fit Rider: Riding Through Life

What’s the magic formula to keep you in the saddle for your entire life? Learn how to keep riding throughout…

2 years ago

Fit Rider: Take Time to Breathe

When you think of martial arts, do you think of mixed-martial arts—kicking, punching, and using force to win the match—and…

2 years ago

Fit Rider: Battling Back Pain

Back pain among horseback riders is not uncommon. Read on to learn more about how to control back pain in…

2 years ago