It’s getting hot outside!
Give your horse a break and stay in riding shape with Active Isolated Stretching.
We all have muscular imbalances. Unfortunately, these imbalances take us away from obtaining a functional position and independent use of the aids.
Day-to-day activities, bad posture at the workplace, incorrect body mechanics such as lifting or carrying, over exertion, and not enough or incorrect physical activity, puts uneven strain on both sides of the body.
This restricts the range of motion in those muscles that are already prone to shorten.
Inactivity, forgetting to exercise certain muscle groups or doing incorrect exercises make weak muscles even weaker, so that they cannot counterbalance the muscles that are too strong.
To help prevent and also repair what damage has already been done, it is of utmost importance to stretch the muscles which tend to shorten and strengthen the muscles that tend to be weak.
If this simple principle is followed, riders can avoid incorrect posture and improve their overall position in the saddle.
Join me for this impactful summer clinic series to learn:
Saturday, June 12th
Saturday, July 10th
Saturday, August 14th
What you’ll need:
Resistance bands will be provided for you.
I coach riders to be effective, efficient, and independent at every level. As the horse is only as good as its rider, my passion is improving the rider beyond today’s standards, thereby, directly improving the horse’s ride-ability and longevity.
Traditional, static stretching advocates prolonged holding of a stretch, which can decrease the blood flow to the area and cause lactic acid buildup, irritating or injuring soft tissue. Prolonged stretching can also trigger the protective myotatic reflex contraction, which tightens and irritates the muscle.
The consequential irritation, injury, and tightness is the opposite reaction of what one hopes to accomplish with a stretching routine.
AIS, on the other hand, employs short stretches of about 2 seconds, so the stretched area can relax without triggering a protective reflex. Blood flow is not inhibited, so oxygenation and nutrition of myofascial structures continues. The muscles are able to safely lengthen, increasing their flexibility.
Benefits of an AIS program include: