Riding is a physical activity. No matter your age or riding discipline, having a stretching program can keep your body in shape for the riding experience. Following and influencing the movement of an animal as large as a horse requires the rider to have balanced and strong muscles. Stretching before riding improves riding position, range of motion, balance, relaxation and decreases muscle strain. Stretching techniques are simple to learn and won’t even cause you to break a sweat!
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Perhaps you have observed how popular stretching of the horse has become. Riders stretch their horses so the horse will be better balanced between right and left sides. Stretching the horse improves his relaxation, encourages the horse to move more freely, and improves his “way of going.” Few riders take time to prepare their own muscles and joints for riding by stretching before they ride. Many riders are stiff, have limited motion, and are not symmetrical in their flexibility. Limited rider mobility can affect the balance and movement of the horse. Read More »