WHY RIDER VITALITY
Riders and amazons put a lot of time, effort and money into the welfare of their horses. Often horses have a complete care team, including farrier, veterinarian, physiotherapist, osteopath and so on. In addition, there is an extensive package of daily care, including food, daily exercise and supplements. The best trainers are also hired to make rider and horse the optimal combination. A lot of work and performance are expected from the horses, as well as a certain physical fitness and appearance. If we list all this, it is actually bizarre that in many cases the rider does not pay as much attention to his own physical fitness.
Physical fitness is a fairly broad concept. We can divide this into nutrition, work-rest ratio and exercise. All three pillars are equally important and dependent on each other, but they also influence each other. When one of the three receives insufficient attention or is limited, the other two suffer. Working on physical fitness therefore means that all three pillars must be addressed.
Nutrition is of great importance for (top) athletes. Performance on horseback can indeed be influenced by what the rider eats (in advance). Horseriding often means not only the riding itself, but also heavier work. This requires fuel, preferably with slow carbohydrates (whole grain products / vegetables) and proteins for recovery (dairy, lean meat, fish, nuts, legumes). Also (unsaturated, plant based) fats should not be missing. Prior to performance it is advisable to take carbohydrates, afterwards proteins are more important for recovery.
Specific training can also improve the skills of the rider on horseback. It is important for rider, horse and combination that the rider has control over the body and moves as symmetrically as possible. Being straight and in balance are also requirements to be able to move as smoothly as possible. These skills can be improved and / or perfected with (core) muscle strengthening exercises and balance training. Endurance is also important for the more explosive equestrian sports. Training this outside of riding can also provide the necessary improvement.
After exercise comes relaxation, and this pillar is also crucial. Getting enough rest is just as important for the rider as it is for the horse. Both perform better when the body is given time to recover. Nutrition is an important supporting factor in this.
One Switch advises and guides the rider on all three pillars. We also teach the Equestrian Vitality Coaches to do this within our education. We give tips in the field of nutrition, based on the current habits of the rider, so that change does not have to be too radical and fits within the individual’s daily schedule. We provide training to improve rider-specific skills and provide schedules for at home in our One Switch App in addition to the one-on-one workouts. We also think along in getting a good balance between work and rest in order to prevent overtraining or fatigue.
Do you need our help or do you want to improve on one or more pillars? Request more information without obligation and make an appointment for an introductory training! We are happy to help you!