Pilates for Horse Riders – Part 2: The Hip Flexors & Hamstrings

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Pilates for Horse Riders – Part 2: The Hip Flexors & Hamstrings

Pilates for Horse Riders – Part 2: The Hip Flexors & Hamstrings

In the second part of the Pilates and horse riding series, we take a look at the hip flexors and hamstrings.

As a horse rider it is important to be able to maintain good balance whilst the horse moves underneath us. This requires good core strength to enable us to constantly rebalance and influence the horse as we ride. We have all heard the expression of letting our legs hang like damp cloths around the horse’s sides. This means the legs should be hanging down ready to use, but not gripping.

The hip flexors are a complex group of muscles which enable us to flex the hip and they connect our legs to our pelvis. They are extremely important muscles and are used when we bring the thigh toward the body, as in lifting the knee to put a foot in the stirrup, or when the body comes toward the thigh, for example when reaching down from the saddle to tighten the girth. When we spend a lot of time in a seated position , the hip flexors are unable to lengthen and become stuck in a shortened, tight position.

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