Archive for April 2015

Is it possible to improve your seat using dismounted training?

By: Mari Zetterqvist Blokhuis As a dressage rider I always experienced it difficult to sit properly on the horse. You spend hours and hours in the saddle and struggle every day to sit in good balance and to apply your aids in an effective and timely manner.  This is particularly difficult when you want to read more…

Staying Hydrated During Summer

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? As equestrians, it means no more trudging through snow, being able to ride outside, short, smooth coats on the horses, and longer days spent in the saddle. Yes, summer is coming. But so are the sweltering temperatures that challenge us all to maintain the proper hydration read more…

Healthy Eating For Busy Equestrians

Like many, turning the big 40 was life changing. You wake up and think how quickly time passes. You get the desire to do something monumental for yourself. Something symbolic, something adventurous. My big 40th turning event was horse ownership. I’ve always wanted a horse and just felt drawn to them and had a desire read more…

Conditioning Sport Horses

Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, MRCVS Sport Horse Science, LLC, Mason, MI, USA   Preparation of a horse for competition involves a combination of training and conditioning.  Training develops neuromuscular coordination and mental discipline, whereas conditioning induces physiological and structural adaptations in the body tissues that maximizes performance and maintain soundness. Equestrian sports read more…

Are You a Flexible Rider? 4 Good Reasons Why Flexibility Matters

“A horse can lend its rider the speed or strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan.” – Pam Brown Flexibility can be defined as the ability to move the joints of your body through their full and natural range of movement. Not everyone read more…

Shaking Things Up – With Whole Body Vibration

One of the hottest new trends in the fitness industry is the use of whole body vibration training (WBVT). Athletes in all kinds of different sports are loving WBVT because it gives them an extra edge and allows them to use their training time more efficiently, including Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Olympic Athlete Rebecca Romero , read more…