Saddle bags make a great place to store snacks, water,
a first-aid kit and other essentials for a long ride.
Core workouts will help
strengthen your midsection to
help stabilize your body in the
saddle. Go to HorseChannel.
com/Extras for a list of core
exercises designed for riders.
Leg strength and balance is
vital to every rider. Using the
stairs at home or work as much as
possible can help increase your
leg strength and cardio stamina.
Here’s another exercise you
can do using the stairs:
Stand on the step closest
to the ground, holding onto the
Move back so the edge of the
step is at the ball of your feet and
balance on the balls of your feet.
Slowly lower your heels,
stretching your calf muscles (like
you would in the stirrup) and
hold that position for 10 seconds.
Repeat and gradually extend
the amount of time you hold the
position. Also try letting go of the
railing to work on your balance.
To build muscle endurance,
which will help your
endurance on the trails, start
a weight-lifting regimen that
incorporates smaller weights
with high repetitions. Using
this with your increased cardio
will add to your strength and
endurance to prepare you for
those long rides.
Equipped for Comfort
When you’re going out for an all-day ride, there are a few things
that you shouldn’t leave home
Properly fitting tack.
“One of the nicest and most
important things you can do for
your horse before you head out
on a long ride is to make sure his