Your position has a huge impact on the way your horse can move underneath you. Your spinal alignment influences every aspect of your riding, from where your legs are positioned on the horse's sides to how you can apply a half halt aid. Even tiny deviations have an impact on how you and your horse work together.
Pilates is an effective way to improve symmetry, mobility, strength, breathing, co-ordination, and concentration, all important components for riding. Becki has been teaching Pilates for 12 years, and is qualified in both equipment and mat work. She will work with you on a 121 basis or in a small group to achieve your riding related goals.
The Franklin Method combines anatomical embodiment and imagery to improve awareness, train the mind-body connection, and produce efficient movement. With practice of the Franklin Method, equestrians become more aware of not only their own movement, but also the movement of their horse. Consequently, the connection between horse and rider becomes more clear and precise.
An initial assessment will help Becki to identify your movement patterns and select appropriate exercises for future 121 sessions. You will then move to the reformer (a moving carriage which gives a challenge to your stability and mobility) which will be of particular benefit to build the physical skills for fluid movements, and posture which will improve your seat and build a deeper partnership with your horse.
Our monthly rider specific group workshops take place the last Friday of every month. In these sessions we explore imbalances and restrictions within your body, and teach Pilates and Franklin Method Equestrian ball exercises which aim to bring symmetry, balance, posture and stability to your riding. Each month you will be given two or three exercises to do at home or at your stables which will be of particular benefit to your riding,
Your spinal alignment influences every aspect of your riding, from where your legs are positioned on the horse's sides to how you can apply a half halt aid.
Using the saddle horse we will explore the franklin ball method to help you to become aware of your alignment, & teach techniques to bring symmetry, balance, posture and stability to your riding to make the connection between horse and rider more clear and precise.
I can honestly say I am noticing an improvement in my riding since doing Equestrian Pilates. I was looser and felt to be in a better balanced even position.
Becki is an amazing teacher who adapts her classes to suit all abilities. She incorporates the right balance of seriousness with fun and laughter and her classes are varied with great outcomes.
I felt amazing after the lesson, it not only makes you feel better physically, but emotionally too. I learnt a lot, I have stiffness one side of my neck, I didn't know! and my left leg is slightly weaker than my right.