Exercises for Equestrians

Kenda Pipkin says the best way to become a stronger rider is, of course, to ride more. Journal photo Kenda Pipkin says the best way to become a stronger rider is, of course, to ride more. Journal photo

February 21, 2018

Exercises for Equestrians

A few simple exercises can make you a better horse-showing athlete.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal 

“Riding takes work. This is a sport; it’s called a sport because you’re an athlete. You ride on an athlete, and you, as an equestrian, are an athlete. As riders, we need to think more like athletes, instead of thinking of this as a hobby and we are passengers on the horse who is the athlete. The rider and the horse are an athletic team, and to be effective as a horse-rider team, you both have to be in the best shape possible.” – Kenda Pipkin
Fitness is an important component to being successful in the show ring. Read our e-book, Fit to Ride, for tips and advice.
“Many times, (bad) habits start with a muscular weakness,” Kenda says. “You compensate in some area of your body for that weakness, and then it becomes habit.”

Kenda says the best way to become a stronger rider is, of course, to ride more. But can we ride enough to become the strongest rider we can be?
Our e-book, Fit to Ride, is full of tips, advice and exercises to help you reach your fitness goals. From breathing exercises to pilates, this is a diverse training resource.
Upper Body: The Push-Up and Plank 

While it might stir up repressed memories of grade-school gym class, the most efficient upper body exercise is none other than the push-up.

 It is the No. 1 exercise for equestrians.
For more fitness tips, go to AQHA Daily.