Equestrian Guide: Skills, Training & Nutrition Needs

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Horse-Riding Tips for Equestrians

What is Equestrian Riding?

There are various forms of equine sports that include solo riding, horse polo, eventing, cross-country, dressage, show jumping and more. All forms of horse riding require great athletic ability from the rider.

Eventing is a form of competitive horse-riding that usually includes three equestrian disciplines, including cross-country, dressage and show jumping. Cross-country focuses on endurance, dressage focuses on the rider’s control and precision with the horse, while show-jumping involves speed and agility, where riders take their horse over a course of obstacles.

What Skills Does Equestrian Riding Require?

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Equestrian athletes need physical strength, endurance, balance and skill, alongside needing to know how to manage a horse.

A competent rider needs at least basic handling skills to be able to work with and understand their horse alongside competent equine knowledge for taking care of it. Whatever type of riding you do, you’re continually sending signals to your horse through your seat and your hands, which requires the correct positioning and posture, along with the right hand and leg movements to communicate with the horse effectively.

How to Train Like a Horse Rider

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At any level, riding a horse relies on balance, co-ordination and strong core control. Most equestrian training will be on the horse, so riders need to focus on building up overall physical fitness and strengthening the core.

Away from the horse, there are plenty of ways the riders can build up core strength. Good core exercises include:

  • Crunches
  • Heel taps
  • Leg raises
  • Mountain climbers
  • Plank
  • Sit-ups
  • V-sits

Nutrition Guidance for Horse Riders

As a regular or competitive horse rider, you’ll be burning lots of energy, so the right nutrition is important to your overall fitness levels, muscle strength and keeping stamina. It’s important to keep protein levels up, including lean proteins in most meals, from varied sources such as fish, chicken, eggs, nuts and seeds, to help repair and strengthen muscle tissue.

Our Klean Isolate formula can be used to enhance daily protein intake and provides the essential amino acids for muscle-building, including branched chain amino acids.

On competition days or with long rides, it’s important for riders to eat regularly and keep adequately hydrated. Ahead of competitions, riders should also focus on eating low volume, high-energy foods with complex carbohydrates such as whole grain bread and pasta, brown rice, fruits and vegetables as these are some of the best sources of long-term energy.

Find out more about the importance of carbohydrates when training and explore how carb cycling could be beneficial to performance:

The Klean Guide to Carb Cycling


The Klean Guide to Carb Cycling

2020-11-12 08:59:28By Klean Athlete

Klean Athlete

Klean Athlete

Klean Athlete