Nonriding exercises that benefit riders

Nonriding exercises that benefit riders

Post by Christine L. Steven » Sat, 04 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Awhile ago, someone posted a request for exercises to strengthen leg
muscles.  A flurry of responses followed with lots of suggestions for
exercise/activities that arent necessarily horse related but are
considered to be beneficial to riding.  If interested, lets collect them
in one place.

My personal favorite is Hatha Yoga:

Yoga isnt a religion, its a discipline that involves static (not
ballistic/bounding) stretches.  You also concentrate on your posture and
breathing.  After two months of yoga, I started winning horsemanship
classes.  My riding instructor noticed and commented on the big
improvement in both my posture and body control.  I find that being able
to control my breathing comes in real handy in calming both myself and my
horse in TENSE situations.  Yoga doesnt require special clothes or
equipment.  You can learn in a class or using one of the many tapes on
the market.

 
 
 

Nonriding exercises that benefit riders

Post by Corey Lee Bish » Sun, 05 Nov 1995 04:00:00


: Awhile ago, someone posted a request for exercises to strengthen leg
: muscles.  A flurry of responses followed with lots of suggestions for
: exercise/activities that arent necessarily horse related but are
: considered to be beneficial to riding.  If interested, lets collect them
: in one place.

: My personal favorite is Hatha Yoga:

: Yoga isnt a religion, its a discipline that involves static (not
: ballistic/bounding) stretches.  You also concentrate on your posture and
: breathing.  After two months of yoga, I started winning horsemanship
: classes.  My riding instructor noticed and commented on the big
: improvement in both my posture and body control.  I find that being able
: to control my breathing comes in real handy in calming both myself and my
: horse in TENSE situations.  Yoga doesnt require special clothes or
: equipment.  You can learn in a class or using one of the many tapes on
: the market.

Tai Chi is also a discipline that does not involve bounding or jumping or
aerobic behavior.  You also concentrate on posture and breathing.  AND,
as an added benefit, you pick up some great defensive moves!  My personal
favorite is called Cloud Hands.... In very slow motion, of course, but
speeded up, the upper hand blocks a blow and the lower hand lands a blow
at a VERY sensitive area of anatomy!  
The Tai Chi stance is great for developing leg muscles and balance.

Sue