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March 2004

How To Think Like A Horse
Becoming An Effective Rider
101 Arena Exercises
How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry Hill
Making Not Breaking by Cherry Hill
Your Horse Barn DVD
101 Longeing and Long Lining Exeercises

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  2006 Cherry Hill

Back in the Saddle

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This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories
and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.

I've got spring fever. How about you?

Back in the Saddle - Part Two


Whether you’re returning to riding after time off or first learning to ride, get in shape before you get in the saddle. This will minimize injury and maximize enjoyment. When you evaluated your rider readiness in last month's newsletter, perhaps you found a few areas that could use improvement. Here you'll find exercises and tips specifically tailored for riders to help with those trouble spots.

To read the rest of this section, go here: exercises


Choosing an Instructor

There is no substitute for a good instructor and a poor instructor is worse than none at all. So that you learn correctly and you maintain a good opinion of yourself, your horse, and your work, choose your instructor carefully. An excellent trainer may be good with horses but ill suited to working with people.

o read the rest of this section, go here: instructor

RELAXATION Relaxation is the absence of detrimental tension. To ride safely, you need to know how to turn down your anxiety meter and relax when things get exciting. Two exercises I've found helpful in this regard are Max/Relax and Bottom Breathing.

Max/Relax requires you to exaggerate your tension to a comedic level and then release it. For example, if you find that you are so tense in the saddle that your thighs squeeze together and lift you right out of the saddle and pitch your upper body forward, practice Max/Relax.

To read the rest of this section, go here: relax

FLEXIBILITY Flexibility is the range of motion of a joint. A rider must be especially flexible in the pelvis and hips. The rhythmic movement of a horse can improve your flexibility because the movement of the horse closely approximates the movement of your pelvis during walking. That is the basis of hippotherapy, a form of physical therapy that uses a well-trained and balanced horse to improve a person's posture, balance, muscle tone, mobility, and function.

The older you are, the more time and attention you will have to spend to ensure that you are comfortable during riding and after.

To read the rest of this section, go here: flex

STRENGTH Strength is the ability of your body or a part of your body to apply a force. You can use isometric exercises to increase strength of various muscles. Isometric exercises consist of muscular contractions performed in a fixed, non-moving fashion. Isometrics can be performed in almost any place for short periods of time, wearing everyday street clothing. You can perform isometrics as you drive your car, work at a desk, or wash dishes. An observer will probably not detect that you are exercising.

To read the rest of this section, go here: strength

COMPANION SPORTS So that you can keep in shape year round, even during the non-riding season, continue walking, stretching exercises and strength training. In addition, try to find other activities that will keep you ready to ride. Companion sports will help you minimize weight gain, prevent muscle atrophy, and reduce chance of injury when you do return to active riding. Even if you ride all year, it is a good idea to participate in other sports or activities to make you a well-rounded person mentally and physically.

To read the rest of this section, go here: sports

New Additions to the Tack Shop

We've added some winter turnout blankets, Dressage/Eventing snaffle bridles with flash nosebands, English reins, and some more western cinches to our tack shop. Remember there is only one of each item, so first come, first served.



That's it for this month.

Don't forget, when you ride, keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.

Have a great time getting back in the saddle!

Cherry Hill


  2006 Cherry Hill 

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