Is it a New Year’s Resolution to be stronger, fitter and a better rider?  Or maybe you are told you need an independent seat or better balance.  Maybe you have been told you need a longer leg or looser hips to swing with the horses motion.

So much of these issues stem from your core strength, or lack of it.  And do you know what your core is?  Well, it isn’t the sixpack of pretty ab muscles!!!  It is the stablizer underneath and even with a strong core you don’t necessarily have a flat stomach.

One of my students, Lauren McGuire who has a masters degree in Phsyiotherapy and is an FEI dressage rider, worked with me on a few videos to give riders some simple straight forward exercises they can do to help you be a better rider.  Part 1 – explains what your core is and how to engage it.

Part 2 – gives you three simple exercises you can do at home to develop your core strength.  Now let me tell you, I don’t think I have a weak core and when you just swing your legs around with these exercises they are EASY – but if they are easy you are probably doing them incorrectly or not really using your core!  So be mindful, take the time to really do easy motion well and you will feel it the next day.  You can’t see it in the video but I am shaking in the last exercise!!!  I was getting tired!

Off to a New Better Riding You in 2017! #beabetterrider