wikiHow to Develop Riding Fit Legs for Equestrian Athletes

Whether you actively compete your horse or ride for pleasure, the fitter you are the more pleasure you will get from your riding. Improving the quality of your riding experience will also reduce those aches and pains and out of breathe moments at the end of a cross country course or during a lesson.

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    Use exercises to open up the hip and lengthen the short hip flexors (on the front of the hip) will develop and maintain excellent hip mobility.
    • Short hip flexors and ankles that are compressed cause lower back pain and reduce leg strength. This is so important to all Equestrian Athletes, due to the Range of Movement needed about the ankle for rising or sitting trot, canter and for that matter every phase and transition.
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    Mobilize the ankle joint. This will lessen the compression in the joint.
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    These exercise can be used as a part of your daily regime in getting riding fit legs:
    1. Ankle Stretch
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    2. Split Squats
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    3. Tube Walks
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    4. Hip Ups
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    Do them at home. The exercises are designed to be worked in the home environment but as with all things in life, you only get back what you put in. As the workouts are shorter, this enables the rider to make the most of the time allocated to their training session and psychologically it becomes both more manageable and achievable. This is in turn creates an increased feeling of self-control and the ability to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. ‘Sticking to it’ and not being distracted will yield phenomenal results.

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