Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Most falls from a horse could be prevented simply by the rider working to increase power and strength (they are two different things). Of course, the best exercise for riding is to ride many hours each week, particularly while trotting.
However, strength and power of the core muscles can be developed at a fast rate by incorporating several weight training techniques. Do a bit of research on the Farmer's Walk. See how it is done. Use as much weight as possible for at least two days each week, with our doctor's approval. The serious rider has no better friend than the heavy bag. Solid, intense workouts pounding the heavy bag with correctly fitting gloves will increase power and reaction time and probably even helps with balance.
In less than 1.5 hours a week of intense bag work and Farmer's Walks you can expect to see results that will make staying in the saddle much easier, especially as you approach a fifty mile marker.
Posted by Steve Edwards