Improving core stab...

Improving core stability  

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I had a c-section 6 months ago and I had over a year off riding before that.  I'm struggling lately to be strong in my core and find myself tipping forward easily.  Any tips?

Posted : 15/04/2018 8:10 am
How To Dressage
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Hey @myhorselife

Thanks for popping by our forum. 

We don't have an article on core strength at the moment, but it's a great topic and one that I will put forward to our judges and trainers to write. 

It's great that you have recognised the issue - being aware of the error is half of the battle. 

But to help you out we'd recommend regaining your strength by doing gentle core and back exercises off the horse, building up the difficulty as you get stronger. When you are riding, focus on finding a nice deep seat and re-establishing your centre of balance. 

Here are some current posts that may help 

  • How to Ride Without Stirrups - there are some exercises in here that will help you find the deepest part of your saddle.
  • How to Stop Gripping with Your Knees - because you are tipping forward, you may be pivoting on your knees. Having the correct leg position will help ensure that your upper body remains in balance.
  • How to Use Your Seat - Once your position has been corrected and your strength regained, you will be able to use your seat effectively.

I hope this helps. Please do let us know how it all goes. 

HTD x  


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Posted : 15/04/2018 12:58 pm
dtskaar liked
Active Member

Agreed with the how-to-dressage reply. Being conscious of the tipping and even feeling like you rover compensating can really help.

When i was struggling with sitting up (as opposed to tipping forward) i found that i had to continuously think about sitting up and setting straight on my saddle and it soon improved.

Good luck and massive congratulations on the baby xx

Posted : 23/08/2019 4:04 pm
New Member

Have a look at the Sweat app, they have specialist workouts for post baby and build up gradually. 

Posted : 29/08/2019 12:30 pm
Trusted Member

I am attaching a screenshot of a book I really, really like.  It gives awesome exercises for when you are off the horse, that will help you when on the horse.  A lot of this book focuses on core strength. This may be a great investment of $20 for you.  I know it was for me!

Posted : 13/09/2019 4:40 pm