Horse riding is a physical activity and your fitness is just as important as your horse’s fitness. A high level of fitness in riding disciplines such as dressage, eventing, cross-country and polo is essential at competition level. However, any rider who is fit to ride will get more enjoyment whatever level of activity undertaken.
The benefits of off-horse exercise are:
Increased muscular strength.
Increased stamina and endurance.
Improved balance in the saddle.
Increased flexibility and suppleness of joints helping you move with your horse.
Helps avoid injuries and pain.
Increased confidence and helps you ride more safely.
Enhanced enjoyment of riding experience.
Increased core strength.
Correction of musculoskeletal imbalances, common as a result of repetitive and physically demanding chores.
At Nxtep, your Personal Exercise Programme will be specifically written to help improve your fitness for riding. Your horse will no doubt be well looked after, with the correct nutrition, veterinary support, daily exercise and grooming. You also need to be in the best possible physical condition to have a winning combination. Regular structured exercise at Nxtep with progressive strategies and routines for continuous improvement will certainly help you achieve your riding goals.