Here is the first Tip for the Ride of 2014...Preparing for a Great RideAlice shows a series of exercises to supple the human while in the saddle. Starting with the arms, shoulders, core area stretches and moving to lower body parts of hips, ankles, knees, and legs.
These are effective exercises to use all year around, but especially in the winter months, as you can accomplish them on the ground too. Remember to add a little walking backwards to your ground routine, as it stretches that psoas muscle, so important to riding. (i.e. The psoas (sew-as) major is a long muscle located on the side of the lumbar region and connecting into the pelvis.)
We ask our horse to flex and become supple...Now it is our turn!
Happy New Year everyone.