For me EquipilatesTM has definitely been an eye opener and a light bulb moment on many occasions. It has taught me a great deal about my own body, how and why it does things the way it does – or doesn’t! It has sometimes made me question and re-think the way I ride and I have been able to pass this onto my clients. It’s great to be able to help them understand how they bodies work, how to influence their horses by making the smallest of changes in their posture, or even just teach them how to breathe!
As riders we need to maintain synchrony with the movement of our horse; this gives the appearance of stillness. However rather like the proverbial duck’s feet under water, our body needs to be working to absorb the horse’s movement through our seat, hips and pelvis as well as upwards through the spine and downwards through the legs.
Kate’s Equipilates™ ‘Monkey Squat for Riders’ Exercise
This exercise helps riders ‘find’ and activate their gluteal muscles. Our gluteals are instrumental in the front-to-back balance of our hips (gluteus maximus) and our right-to-left symmetry (gluteus medius) in the saddle.
This exercise helps riders with rounded shoulders or ‘chicken wing’ elbows – developing awareness of shoulder blade placement and strengthening the muscles that maintain a good ‘Topline’ across the rider’s shoulders.
It combines two classical Pilates exercises; Dumb Waiter and Cleopatra, whilst challenging our balance.