Horse Riding Exercises That Can Be Done At Home
Any professional horse rider will tell you that the job is not for the faint of heart; the sport is both physically and intellectually demanding, and top-level riders compete at their optimum fitness! Hours of in-and-out-of-the-saddle training contribute to the strength and flexibility that horse riders are known for; even at the lowest levels of competition, strength, stamina, and flexibility are essential if you want to perform at your best. So, why don’t you make a list of your horseback riding activities that you can do at home?
You might spend a lot of time thinking about your horse’s health, diet, and training. However, many motorcyclists are oblivious to their fitness levels. Fitness isn’t just about improving your riding skills; it’s also about avoiding injury and ensuring that you can continue to ride for many years to come!
Many horse riders are spending less time in the saddle and staying at home since the emergence and spread of COVID-19 worldwide to restrict the virus’s spread and the load on public health services. Competitions and performances may be postponed for the time being, but staying fit and healthy is essential if you want to hit the ground running when they return. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best horseback riding exercises you can practise at home, in the house, or the garden — why not combine them for a comprehensive workout?
Core Strength is Important for Horse Riding Exercises
Horseback riding has long been associated with core strength; we’ve all had a tough schooling session and the next day felt our stomach and leg muscles screaming at us! Core strength is required to maintain a straight posture and optimal riding position while maintaining a good seat and autonomous hands (there should be a straight line from your shoulder, to your hip and through to your heel). Some of these workouts will require the use of weights; however, if you don’t have any, you can make weight by filling a bag with water bottles or other household goods.
It’s time to change out of your riding gear and into your gym gear and get ready to train!
Lunges in the opposite direction
This exercise is great for conditioning and strengthening your legs, as well as working toward a more stable leg position, secure seat, and the ability to propel the horse forward with your body (we’ve all heard an instructor say “more leg!”). If you’re doing this workout with weights, make sure you’re wearing your weighted backpack on your back. Return to a standing position with both feet parallel by taking a deep step backwards with one leg and lunging, making sure your knee strikes the floor.
Drive into the heel and repeat for 20 lunges; if you don’t feel the burn after that, do another 20 until you do — no pain, no gain!
Squats with a Zercher
The Zercher Squat is another leg-strengthening exercise that goes well with reverse lunges. If you’re using weights, keep them in your hands together in front of your face with a bent elbow, or keep both hands together in front of your face and balance your backpack on top of your arms.
Squat slowly, bending your knees softly and pushing your hips back and down. You should be able to feel your legs functioning after 20 repetitions.
High Pull Sumo Deadlift
This exercise incorporates upper and lower body movements and is performed in 20 repetitions. Riders are known for their strong cores and legs, but upper body and arm strength are equally vital.
Begin by standing in a wide sumo stance with your feet parallel and your body facing forward. Hold your weighted backpack by the straps or your kettlebell/dumbbell in front of your hips with both hands.
Squat and lower your weight while maintaining your back straight and chest up, then straighten your legs and draw the weight or backpack upwards, finishing with your weight below your chin and your elbows high and wide.
Crunches in the stomach
Crunches are the exercise that everyone despises. Whether you like it or not, these stomach crunches and leg raises will work your stomach muscles and improve your core strength. Later on, your riding teacher will thank us.
Begin by lying flat on your back with your elbows out and your hands behind your head. Lift one of your legs/knees halfway up using your core power, contacting them with the other elbow while crossing your body.
Rep the process, this time elevating your upper body with your hands behind your head and putting your opposite elbow to your knee. Perform 20 repetitions of this exercise until your core muscles ache — that’s when you know it’s working!
We hope that these exercises will help you stay active and strong while living at home, no matter where you are in the world! You will feel stronger and more confident than ever while horseback riding if you use our top riding exercises to undertake at home. By the way, when working out at home, don’t forget to look into online horseback riding courses.