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post #21 of 54 Old 04-30-2016, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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I tried it with a friend for kicks and it was basically a sham. You would get a lot more benefit riding without stirrups to help your balance or doing a regular yoga class for flexibility or a plyometrics class for conditioning. Frankly the equi-yoga was really slow and kinda boring.

Oh. Good to hear from someone who's tried it! That's how I feel about it....yes, I was wondering why the horse was even necessary. You reminded me...last time I was involved with yoga, I nearly came out of my skin. I was diagnosed a year ago with attention defecit disorder. Sitting still is not relaxing for me. I stay busy. I don't even go to theatres or watch movies/television. I play video games, but that's at least mentally stimulating and interactive. Give me a xanax first, maybe. Then, I will be the best horse yogi you've ever seen. Just laid out across that horse. They'll think I'm a pro. Lol
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Honestly I think Vaulting would serve to be way more beneficial in the realm of riding and fitness. I highly recommend trying it out if you're truly interested. Easily one of the most strenuous ab workouts I've ever done... And that was at a walk! Look up videos if you're interested. It's too cool.

But the stuff in this video just doesn't seem worth a penny to an able bodied person. It looks like what we would do for hippotherapy at the therapeutic riding barn I used to work at, which WAS beneficial for those children. Very relaxing too.
Vaulting? Can't say I've ever sat around and considered doing that. Don't you have to have great upper arm strength? I'm all leg strength..and petite. I'd probably launch myself into next week. Lol! Did you say hippotheraphy? BRB Ah, ok...lol I was imagining hippos! I get it...greek word for horse. You learn something new every day. My last barn did therapeutic riding, but the lady running the place (my instructor) was horse hitler. The lady who teaches the therapeutic riding, however, is very sweet and has a background in mental health counseling. I'd like to take part and volunteer, but I'm not going back there (& also trying to find a job--I won't have time).
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50 for that?? Just flopping around doing a whole lotta nada, no strengthening, no core, nothing but flopping. Wish I had thought of it!!
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I know, right!? You know people will pay for it, but I can't see it lasting.
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Ugh. LOL...yeah. It seems like a lot of money to me, too but I have become a bit of a bargain hunter. Although it wasn't planned that way, I went to the most inexpensive horseback instructor. You get what you pay for--usually. I'm somewhere more expensive now, and much happier. Lucky you, although...if I had a horse as a child, I probably wouldn't appreciate them nearly as much as I do now. I wish I had thought about it and done it in my twenties. My husband has a martial arts background. Mine is gymnastics. I was very limber, so yoga seemed like fun. There was a time I wanted to be a contortionist. HA. I need to get back in shape.


I didn't have one as a child, I had friends who did, so after school I hopped on my bike and rode the five miles down to her house and that is pretty much the way it was until I was 35..... I was a professional figure skater, so at 48 I can still do this, took a lot of work to keep it though!

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Martial arts helps train the mind plus it is a great skill to have as a woman, especially after the post we had this week about the young lady and her friend who was stalked on the trail.

If yoga is where your heart is then go for it!
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I honestly cannot see paying for yoga lessons on a horse, but I'm a 58 year old guy who has trouble looking behind him when riding. Lots of books have stretching exercises that can be done on horseback. Heck, the US Cavalry taught them, so they are nothing new. I don't do them horseback, but I have a strong saddle stand and have started doing them in the saddle during the evenings. It seems to cut down how long it takes me to relax and loosen up when I start riding, and I think everyone agrees a loose, relaxed rider rides better than someone who looks like he is wearing a body cast.

Another thread has been discussing what prepares a person to ride a spooking horse (https://www.horseforum.com/member-jou...6/#post8964361). If the ideas on it are accurate, then things like balancing on one leg while moving the other around would also help. IOW, the old guy with a stiff back suspects yoga (or martial arts) would be helpful to a lot of older riders. Someone who has trouble getting their confidence back after a nasty fall might consider a semester of yoga lessons at a community college as both a step toward riding better AND getting their confidence back.

But from watching the video, this is about YOGA done on a horse, not yoga done to help one ride a horse. I wouldn't do it as a means of riding better, but it may beat paying $50 for 40 minutes of massage. I started jogging in 1972, and jogging tends to tighten the hips. 15 minutes on a walking horse loosens my hip better than ANY stretching regimen I've tried over the years.

So while it made me laugh, I can see it as a form of therapy or yoga-focused training. Me? I'm about to take 800mg of Motrin, and try to get a ride in today before the winds pick up. Between the Motrin and the ride, I'll sit in the saddle on the saddle stand and try to stretch a little. I owe that much to my horse, and maybe myself.

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I didn't have one as a child, I had friends who did, so after school I hopped on my bike and rode the five miles down to her house and that is pretty much the way it was until I was 35..... I was a professional figure skater, so at 48 I can still do this, took a lot of work to keep it though!

http://www.usfsa.org/content/events/...-extension.jpg

Martial arts helps train the mind plus it is a great skill to have as a woman, especially after the post we had this week about the young lady and her friend who was stalked on the trail.

If yoga is where your heart is then go for it!
I'd probably ride 5 miles, too! :) Yes, I read that post. Is that a picture of you skating? That is awesome!!! I'm sure it did take a lot of work.
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I honestly cannot see paying for yoga lessons on a horse, but I'm a 58 year old guy who has trouble looking behind him when riding. Lots of books have stretching exercises that can be done on horseback. Heck, the US Cavalry taught them, so they are nothing new. I don't do them horseback, but I have a strong saddle stand and have started doing them in the saddle during the evenings. It seems to cut down how long it takes me to relax and loosen up when I start riding, and I think everyone agrees a loose, relaxed rider rides better than someone who looks like he is wearing a body cast.

Another thread has been discussing what prepares a person to ride a spooking horse (https://www.horseforum.com/member-jou...6/#post8964361). If the ideas on it are accurate, then things like balancing on one leg while moving the other around would also help. IOW, the old guy with a stiff back suspects yoga (or martial arts) would be helpful to a lot of older riders. Someone who has trouble getting their confidence back after a nasty fall might consider a semester of yoga lessons at a community college as both a step toward riding better AND getting their confidence back.

But from watching the video, this is about YOGA done on a horse, not yoga done to help one ride a horse. I wouldn't do it as a means of riding better, but it may beat paying $50 for 40 minutes of massage. I started jogging in 1972, and jogging tends to tighten the hips. 15 minutes on a walking horse loosens my hip better than ANY stretching regimen I've tried over the years.

So while it made me laugh, I can see it as a form of therapy or yoga-focused training. Me? I'm about to take 800mg of Motrin, and try to get a ride in today before the winds pick up. Between the Motrin and the ride, I'll sit in the saddle on the saddle stand and try to stretch a little. I owe that much to my horse, and maybe myself.
I admire the fact that you're still riding at that age! Gosh. Sometimes I hobble around, or have strained muscles and hear pops and cracks and I'm in my 30s so I can only imagine. I do have a slew of health problems, though. My joints can get pretty achy afterwards. I'm sure it's benefiting you in ways you don't even realize. Hmm, the saddle stand is an interesting idea. Not quite as hard as the balance ball.
I've been wondering how long it is acceptable to ride? I know horses need some down time. Yes, I found some cavalry horse videos that were interesting to show my husband. He was in 5/7 cavalry in the army, 3rd id.
Regarding the section I highlighted in bold, I've wondered why instructors haven't touched on that--how to fall properly and what to do in certain situations (spooking etc). I think my horse spooked last time I rode it, but I'm not sure? All I can say is that he moved unlike any way he ever had before--almost like he hopped up off the ground. There was a guy coming up behind us in a loud jeep. After it happened, I turned around to see what it was and looked back and almost clothes-lined myself on a tree branch! Lesson learned.
I don't think anything beats massage! Haha. I didn't know that about jogging, but I'm a terrible runner anyway. Thanks for all the information! Very helpful.
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I admire the fact that you're still riding at that age! Gosh. Sometimes I hobble around, or have strained muscles and hear pops and cracks and I'm in my 30s so I can only imagine. . . ..
You think 58 is soooo old to be riding? It is to laugh. I'm older than that and I just STARTED riding.

I also do yoga most days. It's easier without a horse, to be honest.
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You think 58 is soooo old to be riding? It is to laugh.
LOL, as we get older we get more stubborn and get used to ignoring the aches and pains. As to whether Yoga on or off horse back is a good idea, well that depends on the person. For some it maybe a great idea, obviously people find it beneficial because they pay their money and give it a go. Others choose not to, hard to say.

As in all things, sometimes you have to try it to see if it works for you....

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