Part 2: Mobility Exercises

We’ve now come to part two of our mini-series: Equestrian Workout. In this article, we’ll be focusing on equestrian mobility in the saddle as well as in everyday life. Now you might think “Sure, being strong makes sense, but why does mobility matter for my performance in the saddle?” When it comes to being an equestrian, flexible and relaxed muscles bring some clear advantages. Which we’re going to take a closer look at… now!

Is it important to train my mobility as an equestrian?

Horse riding is a demanding sport, which in addition to your hours in the saddle, includes daily chores at the barn with heavy lifting in oftentimes tough environments. You know what we’re talking about, right? Barn chores can often be both one-sided and repetitive. For a healthy and fit body, training your mobility therefore can be a good idea. Improved mobility not only benefits you in everyday life but is also a prerequisite for increased flexibility in the saddle. Relaxed muscles and a flexible position improve your ability to follow your horse’s movement – which strengthens your position and impact in the saddle. Win-win! 💪

That sounds great, but how can I improve my mobility?
It may sound complicated, but it doesn’t have to be! By spending a few minutes each week on simple exercises, you can improve your mobility a lot. Say goodbye to stiff muscles – and hi to Emelia’s mobility exercises for equestrians!

Pigeon stretch 

Great for: Stretches the hip, hamstrings & glutes.

How to: The hip of the “straight” leg should work down towards the floor. If you want to go a step further, you can bend down and put your elbows on the ground to stretch it even more. If it is the first time you do this exercise, it may be good to start a little easier.

Squat with arm rotation

Great for: Stretches your ankles, Achilles’ tendons, calf- and hip muscles, and your back.

How to: Try to keep your back as straight as possible before rotating upwards. Try reaching as high as possible with your arm as straight as possible. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but it’s a great exercise if you’re feeling stiff!

Hip and ankle mobility

Great for: Mobility of the hip and ankle.

How to: Keep your front foot on the ground and lean forward to feel the stretch in both hip and ankle. If you want to go a step further, you can put a weight or a kettlebell on your knee.

Don’t miss out on part one of our mini-series: Equestrian Workout Part 1: Strength Training

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