Equestrian Exercises


Release Tension in Your Shoulders for a Better Ride

Mindset & Mobility

Don’t let a busy, frustrating, or crazy day behind you BEFORE you put your foot in the stirrup. Easier said, than done, right? It can be hard enough to get your mind in a good place to ride, let alone your body. So, we’re going to do both with this quick fix. You’ll start with shoulder rolls – both shoulders moving together and breathing in as you roll them toward the back and out as they come forward. Take your time and go slowly. Then reverse. Next you’ll do single shoulder raises. Lastly? Raise both shoulders to your ears and HOLD for 5 slow breaths. Lower and then do it again a few more times. Best part is that you can do this anywhere – and if you forget – you can even do shoulder rolls on your horse! Ready to take it up a notch? SMILE. No really, smile. It will make your muscles and your brain happier. We’ll add on to this next week! 

Enjoy this week’s video below:

Release Tension for a Better Ride



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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