Articles - Rider Health

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Size Matters

There is a longstanding unofficial rule of thumb that a horse should bear no more than 20 per cent of its body weight, including rider and equipment.

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Increasing Flexibility in Your Spine

Registered physiotherapist, Alison Barr shares a simple stretch to improve flexibility and prevent pain in your back.

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Rider Fitness: Hips and Knees

Restorative exercise specialist Terry Ford provides exercises for the hips and knees designed to improve your position in the saddle.

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Limber Up for the Long Haul

Learn some helpful stretches to make your trail riding experiences pain-free.

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The Shoulders

Develop correct shoulder posture for better rein control.

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Help for Horseback Riders Who Sit Crooked in the Saddle

Do you struggle to maintain your seat, and find yourself crooked in the saddle? Learn how to identify and correct asymmetry in your body to fix it.

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Improve Your Ankle Strength

Improve your ankle strength and control for better balance in the saddle with these exercises from registered physiotherapist Alison Barr.

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Dealing with Mature Rider Angst

Psychologist Shelley Goodwin provides expert advice for reducing riding anxiety.

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A Stronger Core for an Effective Seat

Creating a supple, balanced and athletic horse for any discipline requires the rider to have an effective seat through a strong core.

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Rider Fitness: Shoulders & Back

Pain in the back, shoulders and neck can have a negative effect on posture and, therefore, riding. It is, most often, our own bad habits that are the cause.