}> Ballet and/or yoga.
}Ballet is really not a very good choice, since it is based on being able to turn
}your legs OUT from the hip where good riding requires the exact opposite. No point
}in spending your out of saddle time developing muscles to work against you in the
I can't comment on whether ballet is a good exercise for an active rider. I
did know one *** rider who had been a dancer (more modern than ballet, I
think, but she did both) for a long time before she started riding. She was
in excellent shape (wrong muscles, of course, when she started) but later felt
hampered because she could not get her heels down. Stretching down she could
barely get her foot past level. This was because all the years of dancing,
including en pointe, had contracted her achilles tendon to the point where she
could not lower her heel in the saddle. I don't think it affected her riding
ability so much as her ability to satisfy an instructor as to her position.
Just another (outlying?) data point for the exercise discussion.
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