Articles - rider health

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Increasing Core Strength for Riders

Core strength is particularly important for horseback riders. It keeps us centered over our horses during spooks, trips or other quick movements.

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Update on Concussion Research

New research on the link between traumatic brain injury, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, concussion recovery times and return to play protocols.

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Exercises for Tiny Riders and Big Strong Horses

Horses, like riders, come in all shapes and sizes. These exercises focus on strengthening the smaller riders who are matched with big mounts.

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Increasing Arm Strength

A rider’s arms are an area that can benefit from targeted strengthening. Try these exercises – the Row and the W Raise – to build strength in your biceps.

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Concussion Protocols at EC Shows

Horse show steward Jan Stephens reviews the Concussion Protocol introduced and implemented by Equestrian Canada in 2017, along with recent concussion stats.

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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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Endurance Training

As a rider, training tends to be very sport-specific – hours in the saddle, sitting trot without stirrups. Learn about more exercises in this article.

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Knee Exercises to Improved Leg Position

Knee alignment is important under saddle, whether you experience knee pain or not. Correcting your lower leg position can prevent future problems.

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JOGA for Quiet, Effective Legs

For quiet but effective legs while riding, try these JOGA exercises – yoga tailored specifically to athletes to improve agility, strength, and mobility.

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Exercises to Correct a Crooked Seat

Riders are often struggling to correct these secondary problems when the root causes of asymmetry are in the hips. Keep reading to find out more.