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Rider Health

Insult to Injury

The effect of rider pain on dressage performance

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By: Michael Pameli, BSc. P.T. |

Each year, precious time and money is spent on your horse to ensure a successful dressage season. But do you find yourself often calling the veterinarian to have a look at your horse, assessing problems with its function and performance? Perhaps the deficiencies in performance are not horse-related, but rather rider-related. Ask yourself this: are you physically ready for a long dressage season? Are you dealing with a nagging injury left untreated for a number of months or years? Your body needs as much attention and care as that you provide your horse. As we know, balance is an integral element in dressage, so it's only fair that you hold up your end of the partnership. Let me start by saying I am no expert in the technical aspects of dressage or equine function. As a physiotherapist, however, I am an expert in the technical aspects of the human body…

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