When we are fit and supple we are much more able to stay in balance and direct our horse. We can recover quickly from a stumble or spook and use our position, seat and leg aids more effectively. When we unconsciously understand this we start to believe in our abilities and push ourselves a little more.
When I was recovering from a hip replacement, I was determined to be able to ride again and so I was very conscientious about doing the exercises I was given by the hospital physiotherapist, but I also had the excellent help of two wonderful ladies:
Pilates instructor Sarah Ribbans ("Pilates with Sarah" in Worthing) who used Pilates herself to help recover from serious spinal injury following an accident to get back to riding and competing Elementary Dressage.
Yoga teacher Anna-Lucy from "LoveLifeYoga" in Godalming, who has a haven of calm at her home studio.
To be the best riders we can for our horses we need to be supple, as well as being fit.
I also continue my yoga practice at home, and I highly recommend Adriene.