Staying in shape is so important for success in the saddle, whether you’re competing on the show circuit, or just riding the trails around the countryside. For many of us it is a cyclical relationship, riding requires fitness, but is also the activity that keeps us fit. As we approach the winter months, between the snow and the cold and the limited daylight it can be difficult to keep up a riding regimen that keeps both us, and our beasties in shape. Getting started now with a good fitness routine is so much easier than trying to play catch-up in February.
Fortunately, Dressage Today offers fitness tips for riders every month. You can find these tips on the equisearch.com website under Riding & Training > Training > General Training. I wish they had all the fitness tips grouped together under one heading, but you have to search for them.
I also came across this article a few weeks ago pertaining to horse fitness. It doesn’t say much other than “keeping your horse fit is important, and the level of activity required varies per horse.” Helpful, right? Hopefully you can extract some more meaningful tidbits from it.
What do you do to keep yourself and your horse fit during the winter?