Burn, Baby, Burn

We already get a lot of core and lower body work as riders, but if you start working on strengthening your muscles out of the saddle, too, you’ll see the results in your riding. Weight and resistance training isn’t just for the guys; everyone can benefit from it. And no, building some muscle won’t make you bulky. Muscle actually burns fat, so increasing your muscle mass will tone you up and make your ride in the saddle all the easier. Think: better posture, stronger legs, and less cringing when your trainer has you hold the two-point position. All of these […]

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Read This if You’re Always Hearing “Shoulders Back!”

As amateurs, we get away with a little more leeway in the realm of equitation and posture than our junior rider counterparts. Sure, we all want to look great on a horse (and maybe win an amateur medal or two) but we’re not about to spend hours in the saddle doing flatwork sans stirrups or stare in the ringside mirror wondering if our shoulders are back quite far enough – the mirror is for pondering if one’s but has gotten bigger or smaller recently, after all. And let’s be real here: we have trainers to yell “for the love of […]

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Yoga for Equestrians: Fall Edition

With summer show season over and fall holidays coming up, we all need a little loosing up and maybe a little extra exercise now that we’re not being tortured with sitting trots and stirrup-less lessons. It’s time to give your mind and body a break before the winter show season kicks into gear, and what better what than a little bit of yoga curated especially for equestrians? Our resident yoga guru & rider, Emilie Gaffney, is back with a yoga move that will help strengthen your position while you let go of all that horse show stress. Take it away, Emilie…. […]

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What To Eat On Early Show Mornings: Simple Summer Smoothie

Show weekends can be crazy….and too often we end up heading to the back gate with nothing but coffee and maybe a bite of a croissant. Think about it: every athlete out there eats to fuel their sport – riders are no different and equestrian athletes (yes, even if you’re cantering around the green rider course, you are working hard physically and mentally) need to properly fuel their bodies for optimal performance. We’ve teamed up with the Equestrian Health Coach herself, Kimball Willson, for the best health and wellness tips specifically tailored to the needs of riders. A QUICK & EASY […]

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Yoga for Equestrians

Ignore those people who say ‘riding isn’t a sport’; we all know that riding is a serious workout. Whether you’re riding in the low AA hunters or the 1.20 jumpers, having strength and flexibility seriously ups your game in the saddle. Core strength, hip flexibility, back and should strength, and strong lower legs all contribute to riding correctly, winning ribbons in the eq, and staying on if your horse decides to embarrass you by bucking like a rodeo horse after the single oxer. Yoga is one of the absolute best ways for riders to get fit out of the saddle in a […]

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