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Increase Flexibility with Hip Stretches for Horseback Riders

Sandra Sokoloski, a physiotherapist in Black Diamond, AB (esportphysio.ca), treats equestrians in various disciplines, from amateur to Olympic levels, to help them move and ride more effectively. In this article, she presents two of her favourite stretches for horseback riders which target the hips to allow more flexibility and comfort in the saddle. Full Squat Hip Stretch for Riders This exercise helps to maintain the flexibility of the entire spine and lower extremities, as well as improving hip joint health. It is one of the most important exercises you can do for your hips. Spread your feet wider than your hips and turn toes out slightly. Slowly lower towards the ground, keeping knees apart and aligned with toes. Use elbows against inner knees to push knees apart and help balance. Feet should remain flat on floor and lower back must relax to allow tailbone to hang down. Breathe into lower…

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