The Rider's Mechanic™

Sports Massage & Bodywork for the Equestrian Rider

The Rider's Mechanic™ coaches riders of all skill levels to feel the difference in correcting muscle imbalances, aligning the skeletal system, and acquiring better flexibility in muscle and joint movement for optimum riding performances every time. 

"Keeping future legends in the saddle."     ~ Kasey Reeder, LMT

Riding is a tradition based sport and implementing sports science is relatively new to the equestrian world. As a life-long rider, coach, certified instructor of 20 years, and Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), I understand the sport and the skills needed to optimize rider performance. I also understand the equestrian lifestyle, as many of us do more in the barn, besides riding.

Do you have anything physically stopping you from achieving your best while riding?

Do you:  

  • Have back, neck, knee or shoulder pain,
  • Have tight hips or hips that rotate?   
  • Have one shoulder or hand higher than the other,  
  • Bounce in the saddle,  
  • Feel unsteady or unsafe,  
  • Have rotation in the upper body,  
  • Have one-sided rider dominance,
  • Sit crooked or consistently lean to one side? Or,  
  • Have one leg longer than the other? 

Let’s fix what’s preventing you from achieving the goals you dream about!

Many riders lead stressful lives.  Jobs, lifestyle stressors, and care of their horses, riders have little time to take care of themselves. To top that, they have the added expectation for their bodies to operate at peak performance while riding. Riders at every level, who want to improve their riding, must develop the mentality of an athlete. Athletes implement a holistic approach to taking care of their bodies to perform at their best, which includes massage. As such, massage and bodywork must be an integral part of the rider’s program. Massage is not extraneous to riding. It is one of the quickest routes to an open, relaxed body so pivotal to good riding. Sports massage and bodywork releases tension and trigger points in muscles that stress creates over time, increases body awareness, refines the rider’s connection with the horse,  and aids in the holistic development of the rider.

"I've noticed over the years that riders prefer to have their horses massaged, instead of themselves. They feel that their horses are easier to ride and they want the horse to feel good. My argument is that if riders truly want to help their horses, they will take the time to incorporate personal massage & bodywork into their riding program."    ~Kasey Reeder, LMT

It has been well documented that your horse feels pain or discomfort that you may be feeling.  Horses will make every effort to accommodate a stiff or uneven rider. However, if this is not corrected, sooner or later a stiff and uneven horse will eventually be the result.  

Our physical issues will show up in the horse as:  

  • Lameness or poor tracking of the hind legs
  • Behavioral problems  
  • Increased muscle development on one side
  • Unevenness or wearing of the hoof on one foot more than the other  
  • Consistent wrong canter leads  
  • Resistance  
  • Evasion

"Muscle is never neutral; it either works for you, or it works against you. "  ~ Jack Meaghar.

Many riders try so hard to improve their riding, but their bodies fail them.  Suffering from chronic or acute pain, an asymmetrical musculoskeletal system,  and/or restrictive overused muscles, may lead to frustration and prevent the advancement of your riding skills.  


The Rider's Mechanic™ implements different massage and bodywork modalities to improve body symmetry and flexibility such as:  

  • Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Positional Release
  • Active Isolated Stretching. 

It's time to check your musculoskeletal system and be sure your body is in balance and working at optimum level. 

As a professional rider and experienced LMT, I have the knowledge and understanding of movement patterns associated with riding that can get your body balanced and moving well in the saddle. I can identify, address, and relieve conditions that may affect you while riding. 

Here are the top ten reasons to see The Rider’s Mechanic™:

1. Relieve or completely eliminate aches and pains experienced through your horse’s movement.

  • A horse’s movement constantly throws you off balance, requiring you’re riding muscles to contract and relax in an attempt to re-balance the body.  

2. Increase range of motion in joints.

  • Having loose and flexible joints, allows the rider to adjust when needed without introducing negative tension to the body.

3. Aid muscles that fire late or do not fire at all. 

  • Muscles that turn on late or are completely dormant will interfere with the timing of your aids.

4. Improve flexibility and strength in muscles.

  • Flexible muscles make flexible joints.  This helps in staying with the horse's movement and not blocking his motion. Strong muscles aid in stability and coordination, which allows the body to obtain an effective, efficient, and functional seat while giving aids.

5. Enhance respiration and circulation.

  • Promotes mental and physical relaxation.

6. Boost athletic stamina and performance.

  • Builds and maintains a muscular tone for the ability to direct the horse.

7. Advance muscle recovery for repetitively used muscles.

  • It is vital to keep muscles strong and healthy at all times to avoid fatigue and prevent muscular, joint and other injuries.

8. Therapeutically relieve stress and improve focus.

  • Not being preoccupied with emotional or other nagging issues will help improve your focus on your riding.

9. Improve musculoskeletal balance.

  • Reaching optimal functional symmetry should be a goal for every equestrian athlete. Only after that, can riders truly dedicate themselves to become a balanced, relaxed, supple, coordinated, and influential partner to the horse.

10. Stretch tight muscles.

  • Stiff, tight muscles can lead to repetitive strain injuries that will keep you out of the saddle.    



Why Sports Massage & Bodywork?

If you are stuck in your riding, feel pain while riding, or want to get serious about your development as an equestrian athlete, massage will make a world of difference in your riding ability as well as enhance your performance as an effective and efficient rider.