Personal Fitness and Dressage Trainer
You don’t have to fall off to be hurt by a horse. There’s so many ways physically be compromised by a horse and mobility exercises will help increase a riders performance, especially after injury.
In this department, the layout to specific injuries is constantly growing. Within the four areas of rehab, you will find a number of exercises that help strengthen and ensure joint mobility. One of the most beneficial exercises to an equestrians leg muscles and joints is the SHIFT SQUAT. For typical upper body injury, the LATERAL RAISE.
It’s not that horses are dangerous… well … maybe they’re unpredictable! Being an equestrian makes you a bit tougher than the average person because you’ve had to endure pain over the years with horses. Maybe you’ve been stepped on, or thrown into a fence and thus always have problems with those areas. Rider’s have taken falls and that does create a certain kind of toughness about equestrians but it can cause some side effects.
Compensations during movement is the biggest problem within a horseback rider after an injury. The mind thinks that the area is operating like it should, yet there’s restrictive tissue that can cause mobility issues.
Our theories in equestrian rehabilitation have been put the test over and over for years. There’s personal success with each equestrian to their own physical limitations. It’s about getting back into the saddle and not striving for a marathon when you had a knee injury.
In the squat, move down and then shift to one side as the legs push the torso upward to standing position. Squat down again, then shift to the opposite side before lifting the body up. The is an amazing one for people with bad knees and hips since the body is operating in a lateral movement rather than decreasing the angle like most squats do. When you do have bad knees, only go half way down and shift.
Do the squats on the video and the lateral raise at least once a week the next month and see how the body feels.
Muscles take time to develop and heal so modification of exercises lessens the wear and tear on the already strained area. Later down the road, try the other variations of squats or shoulder presses when tissues is vulnerable. The lateral raise helps muscles along the side of the shoulder to develop before asking the shoulder joint to press the arm upward. That would cause some discomfort for any one with a shoulder injury.
Founder and Developer of the BioRider Fitness Program. Bridget is an equestrian professional of over 12 years, a NFPT and BOSU certified personal trainer for 8 years and personal fitness coach of 4 time Olympian Steffen Peters.
Working heavily with Steffen, he and Bridget developed an exercise system that improves riding performance without decreasing the mobility of the seat. The BioRider At Home Fitness Video was a result of this experience.
Bridget took the system a step further by using her riding experience and NFPT certification, customizing an online program for the individual needs of horseback riders. Her desire is to provide best possible equestrian workouts and rehab solutions, to keep riders riding for life!
Bridget is also the resident Dressage Trainer at Sterling Farms in Bonsall, CA. Currently working with Steffen Peters and Conrad Schumacher to improve her own riding education. She has received her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals.