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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Exercise for the Rider

Better Balance, Beginning Bareback The most important part of horse back riding is balance, without it you won't stay on for very long (I speak from experience). I am constantly being asked, especially by beginning riders, "What is the best way to improve my balance?" The best answer I have found to this question, is to ride bareback! http://www.ultimatehorsesite.com/articles/ctadlock_betterbalancebareback.html

Exercises for Horseback Riders Getting Into Shape for Horseback Riding by Samantha Port http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/22439/exercises_for_horseback_riders.html

Fit for Riding: Exercises for Riders and Vaulters We spend hours conditioning and gymnasticizing our horses, but how many of us devote like attention to our own bodies? This excellent book from Germany covers over 120 specific exercises, illustrated with charming line drawings.http://www.amazon.com/Fit-Riding-Exercises-Riders-Vaulters/dp/0939481294/ref=pd_sim_b_img_12

Fitness Tips for a Better Ride Fitness Tips for a Better Ride A Team Horse & Rider panel offers fitness tips to make your saddle time more effective--and more enjoyable. By Alana Harrison http://equisearch.com/horses_riding_training/training/general/fitness_tips_010208/

Fitness, Performance, and the Female Equestrian In praise of Fitness, Performance and the Female Equestrian "This book is an important guide for women who want to feel well, ride well and extend their active years." Chrystine Jones Tauber former member United States Equestrian Team Grand Prix Jumping Squad. http://www.amazon.com/Fitness-Performance-Female-Equestrian-Library/dp/0876059450

Groundwork Exercises for the Rider While some riders are naturally talented and learned to ride at an early age, all of us can improve our riding by develop our core strength, balance, and coordination. Unfortunately there is no magic pill that will help us become better riders. Even with the help of the best riding instructors, we benefit very little from riding lessons if we are not physically able to follow instructions. If you want to be a better rider, it’s time to face the music and get yourself in shape. http://www.showhorsepromotions.com/groundwork-rider.htm

Leslie Sansone Walk at Home Now in her 21st year in the fitness industry, she maintains the most important job of any fitness enthusiast is to help others understand the impact of a healthy life style, including regular exercise. She has developed 28 Walk Aerobics programs on home video tape. She has coordinated fitness programs for public schools and hospital-based weight loss groups, and has served on the Leadership Council for IDEA International Fitness Professionals. Certifications include: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Cooper Institute: Group Exercise Leader. Leslie holds six fitness certifications. http://www.lesliesansone.com/

Pilates for the Dressage Rider In this beautiful new book, dressage rider and Level 2 Pilates Instructor Janice Dulak has compiled a program of Pilates exercises specifically designed to help the dressage rider enhance her ability for success in dressage. While they use different terms, both Pilates and dressage share an emphasis on to torso, or "Powerhouse" in Pilates-speak, and achieving core strength, good posture and muscle flexibility. The goals of a Pilates program are often Identical to what riders try to achcieve in the saddle in the sport of dressage. http://www.amazon.com/Pilates-Dressage-Rider-Janice-Dulak/dp/0939481723/ref=pd_sim_b_title_5

Rider Fitness and Exercise A Tack in the Box web page that lists several books for sale. http://www.tackinthebox.com/Products/Books/Books_riderfitness1.htm

Saddle-Up-Training Fun Strength and Balance Video For Horseback Riding! http://saddleuptraining.com/

Yoga for Equestrians Yoga for Equestrians is a unique program that addresses the rider as a whole, offering an innovative path toward achieving a dynamic, harhomious union with the horse, and serves as a guidebook to self discovery ...leading to the balanced integration of body, mind, spirit, and Horse! http://www.equestrian-tack.com/yoforeq.html


faye stevenson said...

Hi Michelle,

I just thought you might like to know a little more about Janice Dulak, author of "Pilates for the Dressage Rider." I have been working as her booking manager for clinics based on the book. She has a website
dedicated to that same work: pilatesfordressage.com. Thanks for mentioning her book, we hope that you continue to enjoy!
Sincerely, Faye Stevenson

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

Thank you for the additional information and reading my blog! I'll be sure to take a look.


Anna said...

Enjoy your blog. You might be interested in Egoscue Method of Postural Alignment. It is based on our natural body design. Horses feel our bodies and a body that is posturally aligned is easier for the horse to "read"

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

Hi Anna--

I looked it up and it is quite interesting. Thank you so much for sharing the link! And, thanks for reading my blog; I am happy that you enjoy it.


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