Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: the very rainy state of Virginia
• Horses: 0
I second those who said exercise. Cardio, core, and balance are key things to work on. Burpees, crunches, sit ups, push ups, and brief jogs daily are great ways of getting cardio and core/ab workouts. Of course, before you start these, you should stretch. Take advantage of your stretch and warm up time to work on balance. Start by picking one foot up and stretching your leg to the back of you. Repeat with opposite leg for ten to twenty seconds each. Planking is also a great way to find your balance. Start by getting into a push up position. Then lift your right leg and left arm. Hold this for 10 to 20 seconds. Repeat by lifting your left leg and right arm.
Having good muscle control and balance are crucial to riding. I have significantly benefited from simple exercises such as these. The only thing holding my butt in the slick contraption they call a saddleseat saddle is my balance and God's good grace lol one more thing I will never hear the end of from my riding instructor is to keep my heels down. I found a good way to practice this while not in the saddle is to place the front portions of your feet on a step and pushing your heels down. This stretches and conditions your lower calf muscles to better keep your heels down. Hope I helped some :) I wish you the best of luck