The Horse Forum

The Horse Forum (
-   Horse Riding (/horse-riding/)
-   -   Improve balance on a horse, while off a horse? (

theomommy 04-15-2013 11:40 PM

Improve balance on a horse, while off a horse?
I have recently started lessons with a new trainer, whom I LOVE. Problem is, he lives about 3 hours away, so I can only take a lesson about once a month or so. He gave me a lot of exercises to work on my balance in the saddle, but my horse hurt his leg and is out of commission for the next couple months. I want to make sure I've improved by the next time I have a lesson, but without a horse to work with, I'm a little stuck.
Are there any exercises that you do outside of riding that improve your core muscles, and can help improve balance in the saddle... without actually being in the saddle? I'm considering getting one of the giant exercise balls and practicing balancing on that. I've also heard that putting your saddle on a saddle stand and posting in it can help improve your riding muscles. Anything else that has worked for you?

Skyseternalangel 04-15-2013 11:45 PM

730 Attachment(s)
Anything with one of those giant exercise balls (I use Gaia) will help. As will basic yoga and dancing.

Phly 04-15-2013 11:49 PM

55 gallon barrel. Hung in a tree by bungy cords. Good fun and good for balance. You can cinch up a saddle if ya wanna.
Posted via Mobile Device

waresbear 04-15-2013 11:54 PM

384 Attachment(s)
^^^^that sounds like fun!
Posted via Mobile Device

DancingArabian 04-15-2013 11:54 PM

1 Attachment(s)
Core and back exercise in general will help you. If you have a bosu balance trainer, that will help with your balance specifically and exclusivey. Ankle and calf strengthening exercises will also help.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:27 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome