to get winded. The same is true if
you’re a reiner or an event rider.
Being out of shape limits your
How One Student Changed
I’m a petite person and when
I was eventing, my instructors
always told me to run or get more
exercise, and I hated it. I didn’t see
any benefit related to my riding.
I had trouble sitting evenly in the
saddle, and assumed I just needed
to try harder.
One day, my jaw dropped when
a student of mine came into the
ring. Her position had improved
so much. She and I had always
had similar physical issues in the
saddle. For years I had been telling
her to put her shoulders back and
sit evenly in the saddle. But, like
with me, it never worked. She
told me she’d been doing a core-fitness program with a personal
trainer. That afternoon I made an
The Core of Fitness
I started matching up my students
and their issues with exercises that
had helped me. I also heard a lot
of people when I was teaching at
clinics saying they didn’t have time
for the gym. So I put together a
program, got certified as a personal
trainer, and later made the DVD
series for riders to use at home.
Staying motivated is the hardest
part of any fitness program. The
two years when I was developing
the program I was very motivated.
Since then it’s been a struggle,
like it is for many people. The
most important thing is to make
training—part of your daily life.
Pick a type of exercise that you like
and don’t accept any excuses for
not doing it.
Water Bucket Workout
I believe that a core fitness workout
or yoga o; the horse has a much
more significant benefit than trying
to achieve a workout during your
The only exceptions might be
if you’re riding in short stirrups in
two-point, riding without stirrups,
or doing conditioning rides for your
horse. Of course, carrying buckets
of water and hay bales is great
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KITSON JAZYNKA is a freelance
writer and children’s author based in
Washington, D.C. Her horses enjoy the
good life in nearby Potomac, Md.
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