AM I FIT TO RIDE?

Fitness is an important part of riding ( and owning) a horse!!!  I generally hear from everyday riders that they don’t need to be fit and only those at elite level need to worry about fitness.  Well, this just is not the case.  The way we sit on our horses effects their soundness as well as their ability to perform.  To do the best for our horses we need to be well balanced, have a good posture and have stamina, all of which come from a level of strength and fitness.  This is very important for those of us that’s wish to compete, but it is equally as important if we simply want to enjoy a nice long hack.  

Now, before you think you have to start going to the gym everyday, I’m not suggesting that you have to go that far, and there are easy ways to gain fitness simply by looking after our horses!  We can also easily get fit at home, with some basic equipment, or even household (or yard) items!  It’s important to remember that fitness is a vital part of building muscle, toning muscle and weight loss.

HOW CAN I GET FIT TO RIDE?

In this section we are going to look at some ideas of how to get to the basic levels of fitness that we should have as riders.  We will also be looking at how to build on that and get to the fitness levels that need to be achieved if we want to train and compete successfully.

BASIC FITNESS IDEAS

Walking at a good pace

Riding a Bike

Going for a run

Swimming

Pilates/Yoga

Poo picking

Mucking out

Moving hay/feed/ bedding

CARDIO

  • RUNNING

  • WALKING

  • CYCLING

  • ROWING

  • DANCING

STRENGTH

  • DUMBELLS

  • BODY WEIGHT EXERCISE

  • PRESS UPS

  • SIT UPS/CRUNCHES

  • SQUATS/LUNGES

  • YOGA/PILATES

CROSS TRAINING

  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

  • CROSS FIT

  • FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING

  • JUMP ROPE

  • BURPEES

*Always seek medical advice before starting on a new fitness regime, especially if you haven’t exercised for a while.