Hey! So during the school year, I. Only get to ride once a week, and to keep up my seat I want to do more so I don't have to always reteach my body certain things. Is there anything I can do, while sitting in a desk that will later help me in the saddle? For example is there anything i can do to strengthen the leg muscle to help keep my heel down and forward. Thanks!
What is difficult is to learn balance. To strengthen your leg muscles you could do leg presses. What might be more important to stabilize you up there are your abs though. Do anything you can to strengthen your abs!!!! Use the Ab-Slide when you are here. You are doing really great though! Look at how much you have accomplished in the last few weeks. Dedication really is the most important thing of all and you are doing it!
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I have improved my riding by doing yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, among other things. Like Iliane said, core strength & balance and critical to good riding. Any type of workout which helps you build these is good, but you can find some specifically geared toward riders. I have a book called Pilates for the Dressage Rider (Janice Dulak) and a dvd set called Tai Chi for the Equestrian. Also, there is an amazing (although very thick & academic) book called For the Good of the Rider (Mary Wanless) which has lots of good information and provides several useful exercises to do without your horse.
I think our horses would thank us if we all spent more time training ourselves before we asked them to carry us around!
Thank you guys so much for the advice! I mentioned the ab roller to my mom, and the next day she just happened to find one at the Good Will! That is a lot of good reference, thank you! I'll be sure to check them out! You make a very good point that we should get ourselves up to par, because we ask a horse to carry us around. It makes sense.