Category Archives: Pilates

Playing with Weight Aids


     Many riders talk about using weight aids to cue the horse as to what to do next – bend, turn, stop, etc. As a Pilates instructor, I prefer to talk about body language. There are two reasons for … Continue reading

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Dust Angels?

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This exercise helps loosen the shoulder joints, but it’s really a core stability exercise.  We move the arms and legs around to challenge the stability of the core. Start by lying down on the floor on your back with your … Continue reading

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What Can Pilates Do For Your Riding Injuries?


I was riding my daughter’s 20 year-old Arab at a walk on a loose rein in our arena when he spooked, spun left, and bolted, leaving me hanging in the air. Do you remember way, way back when EQUUS magazine … Continue reading

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Stretch Those Pecs!


How many of you keep hearing that you need to get your shoulders back?  I bet that you’re trying every time you ride.  But somehow, it just doesn’t stick.  Along with using your muscles to pull your shoulders back, you … Continue reading

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Three Different Areas of Tips:


Ways to practice getting your legs back while on the ground: Do backward leg raises while brushing your teeth – 30 straight back with each leg. Then slightly bend the standing leg and, with your other leg slightly out to … Continue reading

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How Pilates Has Helped Me Be a Better Rider


How Pilates Has Helped Me Be a Better Rider.

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What is the “core”, anyway?


You’ve probably heard a lot about “strengthening the core” lately.  It seems as though everyone’s talking about it.  But, what is it, really?  Does everyone mean the same thing when they talk about it? Generally speaking, the “core” is the … Continue reading

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