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Heather Sansom

Rider Fitness Tip for Mature Riders

Rider fitness tips to improve flexibility, mobility and strength for the over-40 rider.

From Practical Horseman magazine

Physical Fitness to Balance the Rider?s Body

Maintaining a physical fitness program will help busy riders make the most out of their time in the saddle by increasing balance, coordination and core strength.

Barn door chest stretch. Photo by Michelle Anderson

Three Stretches to Prevent Horseback Riding Injuries

Long, limber muscles help prevent horseback riding injuries. Here are three pre-ride stretches from certified personal trainer Katie Mital.

Mounted exercises and stretches on the longe line can improve your riding. (Journal photo)

Exercise in the Saddle

If you're short on time or have no instructor, why not stretch while mounted?

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Exercises to Teach Your Body New Patterns to Improve Your Riding.

Heather Sansom explains how to adopt some new body patterns to improve your riding.

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Counting Calories at the Barn

Use this chart from Practical Horseman magazine to calculate how many calories you're burning at the barn.

Barrel Racing. Courtesy AQHA

Are You in Shape to Show?

Sometimes horse owners become so wrapped up in the care, comfort and performance of their horses that they forget that they are half of the competitive team. The rider?s physical fitness, nutrition, rest and overall health also play a determining role in the overall show ring performance. Here are ways competitors can consider their own personal care during competitions. From America's Horse Journal

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Horses Help Reader Lose Weight

A passion to ride helped an overweight Horse & Rider reader get fit and transform her life. Learn how you can do it, too.

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Tips to Keep Riding Midlife and Beyond

Getting older doesn't have to mean getting off your horse, if you follow our age-defying strategies. Check out these great tips and information to keep you riding through middle age and beyond.

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Staying Fit as Your Body Changes

Sometimes as riders, it seems that we find ourselves reaching the understanding we've been seeking for years, only to find our body isn't keeping up. The rules have changed. You may have prepared to ride using your body a certain way, but an injury, aging or other circumstance change the rules on you.

Fast Track to Fitness

There's a wealth of information and assistance available to jump-start your fitness program: Here's a good way to start.

Rider Exercises for Fitness

Participants at the Tool Box Symposium were shown these Balimo? exercises on the ground to stretch their bodies, allowing more freedom of movement and balance once they got back on their horse.

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Exercises for a Rider's Tight Muscles

For every short, tight muscle, its opposing muscle group is going to be long and weak. Anne Howard, MPT, gives a dressage rider some exercises to stretch hip muscles.

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The Fast Track to Fitness

There's a wealth of information and assistance available to jump-start your fitness program. Here are some places to check out to improve your overall riding fitness and fitness in general.

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Get Fit, Ride Better

Getting into better shape can make you a better rider. Our weight-training exercises are guaranteed to work--and they take just minutes a week.

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Riders Offer Keep-Riding Tips

Here's a sampling of advice and encouragement from Horse & Rider readers of a certain age who are still riding-and loving it.

Summer fashion. Courtesy Horse & Rider

Drop a Jeans Size

Is your horsey lifestyle sabotaging your waistline? Let us help you build strategies to lose that extra size?with simple swap-out strategies. From Horse & Rider magazine.

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Fit to Ride

Being fit to ride will help prevent fatigue and injury. It's true that riding is just more than sitting on a horse. Riders are athletes in every sense of the word and riders must be fit to ride, which means having the suppleness and strength to maintain their position and posture no matter what the horse is doing underneath them without straining muscles.

Building Strength and Suppleness

There are a wide variety of exercises you can do to build your strength and suppleness.