Articles - rider health

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Increasing Leg Strength

Leg strength is important for riders because it is the foundation of a stable leg and seat. Try this simple exercise to boost leg power.

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Increasing Cardio Fitness for Riders

Cardiovascular fitness is important for horseback riders of all ages and skill levels. Try these exercises to get you moving and improve your cardio.

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Interval Training for Riders

A common barrier to instituting an exercise regimen is lack of time. Find out how to achieve maximum results in a minimum amount of time.

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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.