One of the problems I see in riders is trying to activate muscles to help them stabilise but actually squeezing so hard they just create tension.
Like with your horse, you want him to be working, activating his muscles but still relaxed in his way of going.
In essence you need to be strong enough to not need to do a full effort contraction to stabilise. Also you need to learn to dial up and dial down your muscular effort. Then for the piece’ de resistance you need to be able to activate these muscles at adequate tension to perform but still relaxed without having to think about it.
How do you achieve this?
Step 1 is actually getting stronger.
Step 2 learning to activate muscles all at the same time-which generally prevents you from being able to maximally contract everything.
Step 3. Learn to breathe at the same time.
Do this often so that it becomes second nature.
Ok, great but actually How?
Well I’m a firm believer in there being no one way to achieve anything.
Personally I choose strength and conditioning training. It’s made a huge difference to the stability of my hyper mobile body. Having to lift a heavy weight off the floor or over head requires huge muscular input and you need to breathe!
However I also like Pilates as this has a huge stability and breathing element. Trying to stabilise, keep everything in line, move and breathe in sync is great training for using your body on a horse.
Basically anything that makes you stronger whilst using multiple muscles and breathing.
I use both of these methods across my classes and with 1 2 1 clients depending on their preference.
I’ve got space in my daytime Pilates based class -Wednesday 10am.
Thursday Strength & Conditioning class at 6.15pm.
Space for 1 2 1 clients both daytime and limited evening slots.