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post #1 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Exercise ball to help gain balance.

I am recently getting back into riding after an 8 year break. I can balance decently in the Western saddle, but I can't get the hang of the English saddle. My trainer recommended an exercise ball to practice balance at home. Is this a good idea? Any other suggestions on core work and balance training.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 05:16 PM
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Yoga and Pilates are the standards for building core strength/balance.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-21-2013, 06:11 PM
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Exercise ball is an excellent way to work out and gain balance.

This is what I have

Gaiam Green Total Body Ball Kit - Medium : Target

I took it from the states to New Zealand.

It goes over everything... upper body, lower body, abs, fast cardio workouts.. and my balance has improved so much, and my muscles are toned (when I actually decide to work out.. been exhausted lately from work)

Highly recommend it. Anything from Gaiam is amazing.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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I'm a dork. I've been practicing sitting on the ball like I'm sitting in an English saddle (as well as I can) without my feet touching the ground. It seemed impossible at first to stay balanced, but I got pretty good at it. And I'm not sure if it actually helped anything, or if it was all in my head. I felt cool, at least. And, don't curb yourself on the coffee table.
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I have one of those! I got a medium one which was right for my height but it was way too short for my horsey purposes. XD I returned it for the Large. I put some folded up carpet remnant under it so that I'm higher up in an effort to get my leg position closer to the actual thing when I do my leg exercises. (At one point I also may or may not have put some rolled up socks under the ball of my feet..) Last night I tried to balance with little or minimal holding onto to anything while watching some shows. It's crazy how you can actually feel your seat change when you move on it! I know I can't feel it like that in the saddle. I also did posting on it lol (well, "posting" Lol!)
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... And, don't curb yourself on the coffee table.
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Literal LOL!!! Another neato thing to use is a BOSU ball, they are very versatile and can help with not only core balance but lower body strength


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Literal LOL!!! Another neato thing to use is a BOSU ball, they are very versatile and can help with not only core balance but lower body strength

Ooh, now I want one of those.
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Ooh, now I want one of those.
There are a ton of exercise videos on youtube using the BOSU (BottomSideUp), and the thing I like about it is that at first you put the hard side down, it's more stable that way. As you progress, you put the round side down to bring things up a notch

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How about... An exercise ball ON TOP of a BOSU ball...
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How about... An exercise ball ON TOP of a BOSU ball...
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My balance sucks right now, so I would probably die! LOL!
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