submitted by Arteaga_1983 17398 days ago (via applied-posture-riding.com)
A horserider without balance or stability will interfere with a horses natural rhythm. The horse will tighten his back, raise his head and lean on the bit “resist”.To ride well. A rider needs lumbar back flexibility, upper body strength, good endurance and a strong core. The hamstrings need to keep the impulsion as the hands hold a gentle contact. The riders pelvis tilts forwards and backwards as the horse rounds his back and then stretches into each stride.A horserider can learn this movement out of the saddle by training movement and stability on a physio ball. The function of core stability riding can be broken into stages and trained. A good horseback rider needs a flexible lowback with movement through the pelvis and hips. The upper back is best kept upright, this takes good muscle strength and endurance from the holding muscles.