5 tips for getting back into the saddle after an injury
- Get medical clearance: Before getting back into the saddle, make sure you have medical clearance from your doctor. This will ensure that you’re physically ready to ride again.
- Start slowly: When getting back into riding after an injury, it’s important to start slowly. Begin with light exercises, such as walking or trotting, and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your rides. This is important for not only your physical strength, but your mental confidence as well. If you are fearful of getting back on, the horse will sense your apprehension. Have a trainer or friend put you on a lunge line in a controlled environment until you feel confident on your own.
- Focus on your posture: Good posture is essential for dressage or any equestrian discipline, so make sure you focus on your posture when getting back into the saddle. This will help you maintain balance and control, and will reduce the risk of reinjury.
- Build your strength: If you’ve been out of the saddle for a while, your muscles may have weakened. To get back into riding shape, focus on exercises that strengthen your core, legs, and back.
- Work with a personal trainer: Working with a trainer can be helpful when getting back into the saddle after an injury. A trainer that specializes in equestrian sport can help you develop a safe and effective training plan, and can provide guidance and support as you work to regain your strength and confidence. Someone like Jack LaTorre can be a helpful guide.