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Rider Health

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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By: Alison Barr |

Leg strength is important for riders because it is the foundation of a stable leg and seat. Your legs need strength to deliver effective cues while remaining relaxed and long on your horse’s sides. Weak leg muscles often lead to postural faults like lifted heels or turned out knees. This makes you less stable on your horse and increases your risk of falling. Many different muscles contribute to leg strength. A great way to exercise them simultaneously is to use body weight exercises, such as squats. How Squats Boost Leg Strength The squat is an effective exercise for riders since it emulates the position on the horse without the support of a saddle. This means you are strengthening your riding muscles while simultaneously working on your balanced posture. The squat is also incredibly functional for everyday life. It protects your back and gets you using your big leg muscles. Try…

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