Horse Riding

The Alexander Technique can give a new dimension to your experience of horse-riding.

Sitting with an easy, balanced upright posture in the saddle will help you tune in with your horse. If, on the other hand, you are stiff and unbalanced, your horse will feel it and will not respond to your instructions or perform to its optimum potential.

Any tendency to squeeze with the knees, sway the torso in transitions and pull too much on the reins makes it uncomfortable for the horse to carry the rider.

The Alexander Technique will help you:

  • become aware of the way you use your own body
  • improve balance by releasing excess tension
  • improve your natural aids as a rider and
  • be more sensitive to your horse’s resistance

You’ll enjoy your riding more, with a better technique and a happier horse.

I would not say I am a fan of the technique – I am a disciple. For many years I suffered with chronic neck pain following a horse riding accident. When my HR manager recommended the Alexander Technique I was intrigued. Her father, a stroke victim, had experienced an incredible recovery from practising the Technique – to the point where he no longer needed a walking stick. After the first lesson I felt a dramatic difference; my neck felt long and free like a giraffe.

Annette Shaw

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