Equestrian Exercises


Improve Your Posture In The Saddle

Hip flexor stretches.

No matter what you do when you aren’t sitting on your horse, it’s probably shortening your hip flexors. (Read – Sitting at your desk most of the day!) This simple, but very effective stretch will have you sitting tall with that beautiful long leg we all strive for!  Use anything that is about knee-height that you can rest you knee and lower leg on – like a chair, hay bale, tack trunk – just be sure it isn’t too high as your hips should stay level. With one bent leg on the chair push forward into your hip and you’ll feel the stretch. Keep your hips at the same height and even in front. Too easy? Rest your foot higher on the back of the chair before pushing forward into your hip. If you’ve ever been told to open your hip angle – this exercise is for you! Use the mounting block and do this stretch before you get on and you’ll be surprised how long your legs feel and how straight and tall you are! 

Enjoy this week’s video below:

Improve Posture In The Saddle

Remember this great pre-ride stretch!


Happy Riding!


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About Me:

Hi! I’m Tonya. I’m a Physical Therapist, human and equine functional anatomy expert, business owner, and horsewoman. I have a passion for horses, and in my younger years, the barn became a haven to escape the pressures of the outside world.

A path to becoming a veterinarian to work with horses evolved into a desire to connect human movement to people’s relationships with their horses. I ultimately chose physical therapy to help riders see themselves as athletes and show them how to be the best athletes for their horses.

I live in St. Petersburg, Florida, where I own and run Centaur Physical Therapy.

Every week, I will share a Thursday Tip…

which will be an easy exercise for equestrian riders to practice almost anywhere and anytime. These exercises will help improve your strength and mobility as an equestrian.

Join us next week for another easy exercise you can do at home, the barn, or anywhere you are comfortable!

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As an equestrian rider, it can be hard to find exercises that we can practice off the horse that will help our strength in the saddle. I’ve put together a series of seven steps you can take to improve your balance, body awareness, and posture in the saddle. Check it out!


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